NFL Betting Lines Super Bowl XLV Steelers vs Packers

January 29th, 2011 by

super bowl xlv packers vs steelersThe Pittsburgh Steelers (14-4) have a lot of flaws and their offense, in particular, has plenty of warts it will try and cover up when it meets the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl odds action in a few weeks.

The Steelers have long been a defensive-minded franchise and once again it’s the team’s D that’s gotten it to an 8th Super Bowl appearance. The defense was first in scoring defense (14.5 ppg), 1st in rushing D (62.8 ypg) and by almost all accounts the top unit in the NFL.

The offense, however, was not in the same class. Overall the Steelers offense ranked 14th out of 32 teams. In terms of scoring the team was 12th in the league (23.4) and only jumped that high in the on the list due to blowouts against awful teams in the final weeks of the regular season.

But one thing the Steelers have done pretty well this season, and especially of late, is run the ball. For the season the Steelers ranked just 11th in the NFL in this category but at 120.3 ypg, that’s a pretty productive part of their offense.

More impressive is the fact that last week, with Pro Bowl center Markice out of the game the Steelers ran for 166 yards against a very stout NY Jets defense in the AFC Championship.

And that is exactly what the team will try and do against the Green Bay Packers in the Super bowl betting action.

Kickoff for this Sunday February 6th matchup is set for 6:30 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Packers as a 2-point favorite with an over/under total at 44.

The Green Bay Packers (13-6) have an excellent defense. The team ranks only behind the Steelers in points allowed (15.0 ppg) and 5th overall in defensive rankings. Against the pass this is the 5th best team in the NFL, but if this unit has a weakness, it’s against the run.

The Packers have given up 114.9 ypg this season and rank a meager 18th in the league in this department.

If everything goes according to the Steelers game plan, RB Rashard Mendenhall will be the MVP of Super Bowl XVL. The Steelers are going to try and pound the ball against the Packers and eat up clock and if they’re successful, anyone betting on the Super Bowl being won by Pittsburgh should be very pleased with the results.

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