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Steelers could be home underdog for first time since '07 season

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By Mike Wilkening

The Falcons are now favored in their season opener at Pittsburgh at the majority of Nevada and online sportsbooks whose lines are charted by VegasInsider.com. Atlanta is favored by as many as two points. The game is still rated a pick 'em at a couple of sportsbooks, including Pinnacle.

The Steelers have not been home underdogs since hosting Jacksonville in the wild-card round on Jan. 5, 2008. The Steelers lost 31-29 but covered the closing spread, which ranged from 2½-to-3 points as bettors strongly backed the upstart Jaguars, who notched their second win at Pittsburgh in four weeks,

The Steelers haven't been a regular-season home underdog since Nov. 7, 2004, when they defeated then-unbeaten Philadelphia 27-3 as one-point dogs.

 

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