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Super Bowl XLV Betting – Final Preparations For NFL Showdown

Clay Matthews will get another shot at Ben Roethlisberger at Super Bowl XLVSuper Bowl XLV betting players are anxiously awaiting the kickoff on Sunday, but until then, they’ll wade through an extraordinary amount of props while constantly checking the internet for any new injuries. Pittsburgh and Green Bay figure to be one exciting ending to the NFL season, and here is who we think will take it all.

Steelers Packers Betting – Sunday, 6:00 PM ET

The Steelers are looking at Friday for being the deadline for center Maurkice Pouncey, who will test out his injured ankle one more time to see if he can go. If he can’t, Pittsburgh is confident that they have Doug Legursky up to speed, or close to it, and they still have Ben Roethlisberger, who doesn’t put up gaudy numbers, but he makes plays when they need to be made.

He’ll be supported by Rashard Mendenhall, who gives the Steelers the NFL football betting edge when it comes to the running-back position, but receiver Mike Wallace has to step up. On the other side of the ball, Defensive Player of the Year Troy Polamalu marshals arguably the best defense in football.

Green Bay’s defense isn’t far behind, although they’re not as good as the Steelers when it comes to defending the run. Clay Matthews may use the Defensive Player of the Year snub as added motivation to have a big game, while B.J. Raji carries a big load in the middle up front. Offensively, Aaron Rodgers is favored to win the Super Bowl MVP award if he continues to play as he has, as Rodgers has been the best player in the playoffs so far, with help from Greg Jennings. The big question is, though, can undrafted rookie James Starks continue to carry the running game?

Pittsburgh is a 2.5-point underdog in your pay per head sportsbook, but we’re banking an “upset” and taking the Steelers to win their seventh Super Bowl. We think the difference in the game will be Mendenhall, who will allow the Steelers to control the clock, which keeps Rodgers and the high-flying Packers on the sidelines. Green Bay’s front seven is good, but they’re just not as good or experienced as the Steelers.

Even if Pouncey is on the sideline, the Steelers’ strength up front was always run blocking, and we all know Roethlisberger can make plays outside of the pocket. The Steelers, and Roethlisberger especially, have a lot to prove after missing the playoffs and having off-field troubles last season, and they’re determined to bring another Super Bowl to the Steel City. As for the weather, the roof will be closed, but it doesn’t matter as both teams are used to playing in the cold anyway. Look for Mendenhall, Roethlisberger and the Steelers to come away with the win if you’re betting online this weekend.

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