Super Bowl XLV Steelers vs Packers NFL Betting Lines

February 6th, 2011 by Leave a comment Go to comments

steelers vs packersThe most important player in the Green Bay Packers impressive run to the 2011 Super Bowl betting action wasn’t the franchise QB and superstar QB Aaron Rodgers (although you could make a pretty persuasive case). It wasn’t he long-haired linebacker Clay Matthews who tops almost everyone’s Defensive Player of the Year list. It wasn’t reining Defensive Player of the Year CB Charles Woodson either.

The truth is the most important player on the Packers talented roster so during the playoffs is a player most people have never heard of: RB James Starks.

You can be forgiven if you’re not familiar with Starks’ body of work, after all, he’s an unheralded rookie (6th round pick in ’10) who played in just 3 games in the regular season and had all of 29 carries for 101 yards.

But in the postseason he’s been a beast rushing for 263 yards and TD, including a monster 123 yard game against the Eagles in the Wild Card game. Starks’ breakout performance has been a key to the Packers success but he’ll have no such luck against the Steelers run D and Green Bay will have to beat the Steelers with the passing game if this team is going to grab the franchises’ 4th Super Bowl victory.

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 run game won the Wild Card playoff game for the Packers, something most people betting on the Super Bowl didn’t think would happen. It also opened up the passing lanes (and running lanes) for Rodgers for this 4 TD performance against the Falcons in the divisional round.

But against at top notch defense like the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Starks was held in check (22 rushes for 74 yards) and it’s no coincidence that Rodgers performance suffered (17-30, 2 INTs).

The Bears have a good run defense (90.1 ypg) but it’s not on the same level as the Blitzburgh defense. The Steelers have one of the best rushing defenses in NFL history this season allowing just 62.8 ypg.

Starks will go nowhere against this group and the offensive burden for the Packers is going to be 100% on Rodgers shoulders when the Super Bowl odds competition gets underway.

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