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Vegas: Steelers' 2012 over/under -- 10 wins

Written by Dan Gigler on .

 

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"I'm gonna okay you ten and get you even, and that's it ... Ten and that's it."
That's according to Cantor Gaming in Nevada, which released its projections for the upcoming season yesterday, the first bookmaker to do so this season.

 

They have the Steelers with near identical odds as the Ravens:

Pittsburgh Steelers

Over 10 wins -125
Under 10 wins -105

Baltimore Ravens

Over 10 wins -110
Under 10 wins -120

Cincinnati was placed at 7.5 wins and Cleveland rounded out the bottom feeders along with Jacksonville and Indianapolis at 5.5 wins.

The Packers and Patriots led the league projections with 12 wins.

Meanwhile, the excellent Jameson Hensley of ESPN's AFC North Blog (and former Baltimore Sun Ravens beat writer) puts together 2012 AFC North dream/nightmare scenarios for each team in the division.

The Steelers dream scenario: 13-3; Nightmare: 7-9. Baltimore's? Exactly the same. Cincinnati's is 11-5 or 6-10 and little sister of the poor Cleveland's dream season would be 7-9 and a nightmare would be 3-13.

Some excerpts:

Steelers' 13-3 dream scenario: "Roethlisberger thrives in Todd Haley's offense much like Kurt Warner did. The biggest change is a quicker release, which will allow Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders to show off their elusiveness and make yards after the catch. The offensive line becomes the best in the AFC North with center Maurkice Pouncey staying healthy, right tackle Marcus Gilbert continuing to develop and rookies David DeCastro and Mike Adams living up to expectations."

Steelers' 7-9 nightmare scenario: "The key to any Steelers season is the health of Roethlisberger. While the Steelers' offensive line has the potential to rank among the best, this year could be a transitional one as well. Roethlisberger could take a good number of hits behind a line that starts two rookies and moves tackle Willie Colon to guard. Losing Roethlisberger will result in a losing season. Pittsburgh would then have to depend more on a running game without Mendenhall. Isaac Redman has shown flashes, but he is a question mark as a featured back."

Read the entire piece.

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