Super 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.
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.