NFL Betting Lines Steelers vs Packers Super Bowl Odds

February 5th, 2011 by

steelers vs packersNo team can make it through the 4-game preseason, the 16-game regular season, the 2 to 3-game playoffs and the Super Bowl betting action without sustaining some injuries to its roster. The lucky teams have only a handful of injuries and only to supporting cast, no their star players.

But the Pittsburgh Steelers (14-4) have not been that lucky, at least in terms of key injuries. Early in the season they lost their starting DE Aaron Smith, perhaps the most underrate defensive player in the NFL and one of the top D-lineman in the game. He is unlikely to play in the Super Bowl XVL although depending on test results he could be cleared to play later in the week.

But the Steelers have been living with that injury for months. The team’s latest injury to a key player, however, is a bit of different story.

In the AFC Championship game against the New York Jets the Steelers rookie center Markice Pouncey left the game with an banged up ankle and it doesn’t seem like he’ll be on the field again until next season (if there is a next season instead of the expected lockout).

The injury to Pouncey was both unexpected and devastating. Pouncey has emerged as an unlikely hero and key to the Steelers success this season. The former Florida Gator has been outstanding, earning not only All-Rookie honors, but was voted into the Pro Bowl as well.

But even more importantly, he was the lone bright spot of a Steelers O-line that has been shaky to say the least and that has already lost its top 3 tackles to injury.

Without Pouncey in the lineup –which seems very likely- the Steelers may have to re-think their strategy if they want to come out on top of the Super Bowl odds competition.

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.

In order to win this game the Steelers are going to need to run the ball. This is something the team has done well this year (120.3 ppg) and much of that has to do with Pouncey’s ability to seal-off the player opposite him.

Without Pouncey plugging up space in the middle, backup Doug Legursky will get the start. Legursky is no Pouncey and that could have a huge impact not only the game plan but also on the way people are betting on the Super Bowl as well.

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