VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Roethlisberger Fallout

Look, I don’t really have a statistic on how many teams in NFL history made the playoffs after a 1-3 start, but I can tell you that no club that started with that mark or worse made it to the postseason in 2009. And this is relevant because it’s now quite possible that the Pittsburgh Steelers will start the 2010 season at 1-3 or worse following the minimum four-game suspension of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Big Ben got the news from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday following his second accusation of a sexual assault in less than a year. Goodell actually suspended Roethlisberger for six games and ordered the QB to undergo “comprehensive behavioral counseling.” But the suspension could be reduced to four games after Goodell reviews the situation before the season. Then again, it could also be extended if Goodell decides Roethlisberger has not cooperated with the program.

With tens of millions of dollars and his Steeler and NFL future at stake, one would assume that Roethlisberger would do anything the commissioner asks and that he would meet all the requirements for getting the suspension lessened to four games – he’s not even expected to appeal. Remember that Michael Vick, who was convicted of a crime and did jail time, had his suspension reduced from six games to two before the beginning of last season after being on his best behavior.

So here is what Pittsburgh’s schedule looks like in Weeks 1-4 and the opponent’s record a year ago:

Week 1 – vs. Atlanta (9-7; missed playoffs)
Week 2 – at Tennessee (8-8; missed playoffs)
Week 3 – at Tampa Bay (3-13; missed playoffs)
Week 4 – vs. Baltimore (9-7, lost in wild-card game)

On the surface, that doesn’t look like too bad of a schedule – with the bye week coming in Week 5, allowing Roethlisberger a practice week to get back in sync with the team. But I would argue that Pittsburgh will only be a solid favorite at Tampa Bay, and the heat and humidity in Florida for a Sunday afternoon game in September can be rough on any visitor. Both Atlanta and Tennessee should be in contention for the playoffs this year, and the Ravens should be even better with Anquan Boldin.

Advertisement
It was against the Ravens in Week 12 last year that we saw the likely guy who will be under center in Weeks 1-4 this season: Former Oregon star Dennis Dixon. He had thrown all of one NFL pass in his two-year career before being forced to play against Baltimore with Roethlisberger and Charlie Batch both hurt. Dixon wasn’t too awful, going 12-for-26 for 145 yards with a TD. But he also threw a pick in overtime that led to Baltimore’s victory. 

The Steelers also traded for former backup Byron Leftwich, but that’s probably just for an extra body. The job is Dixon’s to lose in training camp against Batch, and Dixon certainly offers a mobile option that even Roethlisberger doesn’t. And the former Duck should be more prepared with a full camp that no doubt will include plenty of snaps with the first team. Of course, he also won’t have Santonio Holmes this year, either – Holmes caught Dixon’s TD pass against Baltimore.

Frankly, that opener against Atlanta probably determines whether Pittsburgh makes the playoffs in 2010. Because if the Steelers lose that, a 0-2 start looks pretty likely with a visit to Chris Johnson and the Titans next. And since 1990, only 13.75 percent of 0-2 teams have gone on to make the playoffs. Three playoff teams from 2008 started last year 0-2 (Panthers, Titans, Dolphins) and none made the postseason. And if the Steelers miss a second postseason in a row because of Roethlisberger, the already disgusted majority of fans may get him run out of town.

  
HEADLINES
Marshall: Tech Trends - Week 12
Bookmaker: Gruden Coaching Props
Nelson: Close Calls - Week 11
BetOnline.ag: ATS Power Rankings - Week 12
DiNitto: Opening Line Report - Week 12
Roberts: Books survive Pats, Eagles
BetOnline.ag: Buyer's Remorse - Week 11
Dobish: Betting Recap - Week 11
Raiders fire DC Ken Norton Jr.
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
12-0 Run, 17-2 G-Plays, 12-4 Totals
6-0 G-Plays, 13-3 L7 Sun, 18-6 Run
3-0 Sun, 11-3 L5 Sundays, 14-6 L20
28-15 L6 Sundays, 62% +1,737 TY
5-1 NFL Week 11, +1,257 TY
10-2 L12 G-Plays, 5-1 L6 Picks
5-1 NFL Week 11 Record
+1,039 Net Profits This Year
+1,859 Overall This Season
5-2 Record Last Sunday
3-0 L3 Guarantees, 7-3 L10 Totals
6-2 L8, 16-7 Guaranteed Plays TY
3-1 Record Last Sunday
6-3 L9 G-Plays, 35-20 L9 Sundays
4-0 L4, 7-2 L9 Guarantees
7-3 L10 Picks, 61% +791 Overall
13-7 L4 Sundays, 6-2 L8 G-Plays
8-4 L12 Guaranteed Plays
5-2 NFL Week 11 Record
NFL Pro Football Expert Picks - Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
2017 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 1859
Vince Akins + 1737
Pat Hawkins + 1257
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 500
Pat Hawkins + 403
Joe Nelson + 393
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Zack Cimini 69 %
Vince Akins 62 %
John Fisher 62 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 1024
Paul Bovi + 830
Michael Black + 803
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 520
Stephen Nover + 505
Vince Akins + 500
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 760
Gary Bart + 575
Dave Cokin + 550
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership