Super Bowl Odds: Steelers plus the points

By: Sports Interaction | Saturday, January 29, 2011
Clay Matthews

Are the Pittsburgh Steelers the NFL equivalent of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs? While the popular debate about who’s the best team of the decade has gone from this team to that team over the years, the Steelers and the Spurs have been the guys who never get the glory but often get the ring.

Green Bay is a 2½-point favorite with Sports Interaction in Super Bowl XLV but this is the Steelers’ third Super Bowl appearance in six years, and they won the other two. Whatever the Packers throw at them, whatever happens on the big day, the Steelers will have seen it before. Experience counts for a lot, at the Super Bowl or in life.

Also, while Green Bay’s is the more potent offense you get the feeling that the Steelers’ offense is more robust. That they’ll be able to get up every time the Packers’ smack them down – and this will be a tough game, make no mistake about that.

Aaron Rodgers’ is an elusive quarterback, a running threat who can turn around a broken play, but he risks injury every time he does it because as quarterback he’s just too valuable to lose.

One of the reasons for James Starks’ rise to prominence in the playoffs was because Green Bay released that having Rodgers as their primary running threat was like using a thoroughbred racehorse to pull a cart. When the Steelers come for him, will Rodgers be able to take the punishment as well as Roethlisberger can?

Experience, the points, and Ben Roethlisberger’s overdue coronation as a future Hall of Famer make Pittsburgh plus the 2½ points with Sports Interaction the pick for Super Bowl XLV.

Vegas didn’t set a total for the first Super Bowl, but results have been even for the 43 others – 21 went 'over' the total, 22 'under.' Sports Interaction has set the total for Super Bowl XLV at 44½, one point less than the historical average of 45½. Four of the last five Super Bowls have been 'under,' and that looks like a trend. 'Under' 44½ total points in Super Bowl XLV is the pick.

MVP is one of the great bets on a Super Bowl. If you dig deep enough you can have a really good win for a small bet. Over half the Super Bowl MVPs have been quarterbacks, so backing either Aaron Rodgers at +175 or Ben Roethlisberger at +350 doesn’t present that much value. Three of the last six MVPs were wide receivers and the Steelers’ Mike Wallace is good value at +1600 to make it four out of seven.

Finally – in honour of the venue, Sports Interaction has action on whether or not a live ball will hit the scoreboard in Cowboys stadium at any point during the game.

The sheer size of the scoreboard was an issue at the start of the season when Tennessee’s AJ Trapasso hit it with a punt in preseason, but it became less a talking point when it turned out that Dallas wasn’t very good this year. But this is the Super Bowl, and players like footnotes in history. Ten will get you eighty with Sports Interaction if a live ball hits the Jerry-tron during the course of the game.

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