It's not surprising that the betting line for the Steelers vs. Broncos AFC Wild Card matchup has Pittsburgh as the favorite to beat the Tim Tebow-led Broncos. But the point spread is a still eye-opening.
The Steelers opened as eight-point favorites at Denver, according to OddsShark.com. This marks just the second road playoff team in NFL history to be favored by MORE THAN a touchdown. (History Lesson: The first was the Saints, 10-point favorites at Seattle in 2010.)
At 8-8, the Broncos limped into the postseason on a three-game losing streak and Denver actually has a losing record at home this season. Meanwhile, the Steelers went 12-4 this season and won five our of their eight road games in 2011.
But bet carefully, America. That Saints team that was all but assured a first-round win against the Seahawks? They got run out of the building in Seattle by Marshawn Lynch, who is empowered by Skittles the way Tebow is empowered by the lord.
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