Super Bowl XLV – Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers
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Super Bowl XLV Point Spreads – Steelers vs Packers
Date/Time: Sunday, February 6 6:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX.
Packers vs. Steelers lines by SportsInteraction.com
Pointspread: Packers -2 ½
Over/Under: 44 ½
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The teams for Super Bowl XLV are finally set as the Green Bay Packers from the NFC will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Feb.6 at Cowboy’s Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on FOX.
If you go back to the beginning of the 2010 NFL regular season it should be little surprise that Green Bay is in the Super Bowl and favored by a point spread of 2 ½ points. What is surprising is the way this team got there.
The Packers may have been one of the odds-on-favorites to win the NFC at the beginning of the season, but with 16 players on the Injured Reserve List and needing a win in their final regular season game just to make the playoffs as the No.6 seed, you would hardly think they would be playing in this game.
It is simply a case of a very talented and deep team peaking at the right time. QB Aaron Rodgers has made just about everyone in Green Bay forget about Brett Favre and LB Clay Matthews has been playing like the second-coming of Lawrence Taylor. The Packers 24th-ranked rushing offence got an unexpected lift from rookie RB James Starks and their secondary was able to step in front of the ball at just the right time in two of their three playoff wins. You hate to use the term ‘team of destiny’ but right now Green Bay fits the bill.
Pittsburgh took the traditional route to its eighth Super Bowl appearance by sticking with the tried and true formula of controlling the game with an efficient running game on offense and closing the door to the end zone on defense. The fact that the Steelers are currently on the wrong end of a 2 ½-point spread in this game is just a further testament to the very vanilla but highly productive aspect of this team.
The biggest stat for Pittsburgh, besides a +17 turnover ratio in the regular season, is its 5-1 record in the AFC North. It was this record that gave the 12-4 Steelers the tiebreaker over the 12-4 Ravens to not only win the division, but lock-up a first round bye in the playoffs. The Jets also did Pittsburgh a huge favor by taking out the No.1 seed Patriots to give it home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
There is little doubt that the Steelers took full advantage of all these opportunities to advance to this game, but on an even playing field in Dallas the challenge will be to now beat a quality team outside the comfortable surroundings of Heinz Field.
When comparing these two teams side by side, this could be one of the tightest matchups in recent Super Bowl memory.
Super Bowl XLV Point Spreads Preview
The opening spread on this game is the smallest since Miami was a two-point favorite over Washington in Super Bowl XVII (17) in 1983. The closest spread in recent memory was in 2001 when Baltimore closed as a three-point favorite over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV (35).
Pittsburgh has had a way this year of pulling out victories in games it had no business winning, but my pick in this one is still Green Bay. There are just too many storylines with this team for this season to end with a gut-wrenching loss. The spread in the final score will not be more than three points so act accordingly, but if the spread stays at 2 ½ points or ends up going lower, stick with Green Bay.
Super Bowl XLV Point Spread Pick- Green Bay -2 ½
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