Super Bowl XLV Packers vs Steelers NFL Betting Lines

February 6th, 2011 by

packers vs steelersThe combination of clever nicknames is seemingly endless in this year’s Super Bowl betting action but the two winners (at least in our book) are: Hittsburgh Steelers or the Blitzburgh Steelers.

But as clever as these nicknames may or may not be they belie a basic truth and that is the fact the Pittsburgh Steelers are a very physical team and they are going to try and knock your head off every chance they get –and that means on both sides of the ball. Just ask any unsuspecting DB or LB that has been flattened by a blind-side block (dirty, but legal) from Steelers WR Hines Ward.

Every Green Bay Packer on the field will be wary of these crack-back blocks and violent hits from the Steelers defenders but the man who has to pay special attention to the violence is Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers is a special player and it’s no fluke that he’s the highest rated passer in NFL playoff history (113.0 passer rating). So far in his 3 playoff games this season he’s been spectacular throwing for 790 yards, 6 TDs, 2 INTs and racking up a passer rating of 109.2.

But neither has he faced a defense like the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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 Super Bowl odds makers like Rodgers chances against the Steelers D and he’s more than capable of lifting his team to a Super Bowl victory but he’s also got to be very aware of the onslaught of blitzes he’s going to see.

The Steelers led the NFL in sacks (48.0) and that’s not by accident. No team blitzes as often or as exotically as Dick LeBeau’s unit and no matter how much teams prepare for it, he seems to always find some new wrinkle. The team’s blitz has produced constant turnovers and takeaways (league leading 41 takeaways this season) and been the backbone to the Steelers success.

Rodgers will be especially vulnerable as the Packers are likely to run a lot of 4 and 5 wide sets leaving very few blockers at home. But if Rodgers can get the ball out quickly and his receiving corps can continue to make big plays any won betting on the Super Bowl in favor the Packers will be very pleased with the result.

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