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Steelers open as road underdogs against the Falcons in Week 1 of the 2024 season

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By: Kate Magdziuk

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Here’s a first look at the odds on the board for the Steelers’ 2024 season opener against the Falcons in Week 1.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Week 1 matchup is official, with the Steelers set to face the Atlanta Falcons on the road in their season opener. Given the league’s propensity for revenge games, a Steelers-Falcons Week 1 game is no surprise, as new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith will face his former team after being fired following a disappointing three-year tenure.

Here’s a look at the first odds on the board for Steelers-Falcons in Week 1.

Steelers vs. Falcons odds Week 1

Point spread: Steelers +2.5
Over/under: 43.5
Moneyline odds: Falcons -142, Steelers +120

The new-look Steelers will have plenty to prove in the 2024 season. Week 1 will mark the official deployment of the new Arthur Smith offense, with Russell Wilson “in the pole position” to be the starting quarterback behind a newly rebuilt offensive line. Long gone are the days of OC Matt Canada calling plays for Kenny Pickett & Co. No, this is a new era of Steelers football. Still, they’ll have a big-time uphill battle on their hands.

The Falcons are looking a bit different themselves heading into 2024. After three years with the aforementioned Arthur Smith as their head coach, they fired him this offseason in favor of Raheem Morris, electing to bring in former Rams passing coordinator Zac Robinson as their OC. Just like the Steelers, they too underwent a massive overhaul at the quarterback position, moving on from former third-round pick Desmond Ridder (the second quarterback off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft, behind Kenny Pickett) and veteran Taylor Heinicke, only to sign Kirk Cousins to a massive four-year, $180 million contract coming off a ruptured Achilles. They preceded to double dip at quarterback, selecting Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. with the eighth overall pick — undoubtedly, the shock of the draft.

Despite all of these shakeups on both teams’ respective rosters, there’s no doubt that the Falcons pack a greater punch on offense with premiere talent at each of their skill position groups between Cousins, RB Bijan Robinson, WR Drake London and TE Kyle Pitts. The only question will be whether or not the new-look Steelers offense will be able to keep up.

All odds come courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook. Odds/lines are subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.

Originally posted on Behind the Steel Curtain – All Posts