Should The Green Bay Packers Be The Favorite In The Super Bowl? What About The Pittsburgh Steelers?
The suspense that has lasted all year long has ended.
The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers will face off in Dallas to see who will win the coveted Super Bowl trophy.
On Sunday, the Packers fended off a feisty Chicago Bears team that utilized it’s little known third string quarterback en route to a 21-14 victory in Da Bears backyard. In the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers held on late as the New York Jets charged into the second half but couldn’t get the job done—the Steelers won 24-19.
The number 6 seed Packers and the number 2 seed Steelers will make for a spicy Super Bowl match up. The Steelers D vs Aaron Rodgers‘ arm. Not a bad showdown if you ask us.
However, we’re not too sure about the Packers being a two-point favorite in the sports books.
Yes, the Packers are “hot,” but they barely squeaked into the playoffs with a 10-6 record thanks to the New York Giants‘ meltdown against the Philadelphia Eagles back in week 15. Aside from that, they smashed a hole in the top seeded Falcons, shut down possible MVP Michael Vick and cut through the lauded Bears defense to earn the Super Bowl birth.
But these are the Steelers we’re talking about.
With a 12-4 record, Pittsburgh is pretty damn good when you take a closer look at their numbers. Never mind that Ben Rothlisberger had to sit out the first six games of the season, these Steelers played just fine without him. If you look at their four losses to the Jets, Patriots, Saints and Ravens, it’s hard to argue they’ve lost to somebody that didn’t put up a formidable challenge. They only allowed more than 21 points three times (Jets, Patriots and Dolphins) and their biggest loss was by 13 to the Patriots. Sure, the Packers haven’t lost by more than four points all season, but the vets in Pittsburgh might just be the better team.
Aaron Rodgers has been as brilliant as any quarterback all season, but I find it hard to believe they should be the favorites. The Steelers defense and their smashmouth method of running the ball should give the Packs all they can handle. The Packers won’t be able to effectively run the pill and, early on, they’ll probably have to rely on Rodgers more than they would like. Both teams have great defenses, I just see the Steelers being the better team.
But what do I know. These bookies have been solid all year long.