NFL Super Bowl XLIII Betting Preview – Don’t count out the Cards
Is it really going to be that easy? Anytime the Super Bowl has been an “easy pick”, most betting fans have been burned to the ground. The Patriots in 2008? Done in by their own arrogance and the looming weight of a perfect season. To be honest, the Cardinals are in the Super Bowl for a reason, and to bet against them is a foolish concept at this point, especially without proper research.
That’s what the staff at BetUS.com is here for! For the next two weeks, BetUS Sportsbook’s trained and renowned team of sports handicappers will be brining you all the noise you need to hear about the Super Bowl. First off, a couple reasons to hold off on betting until we get closer to the date:
The Cardinals Are NOT Who We Thought They Were!
You have to remember, before you put your betting dollars down in our online sportsbook, that the Cardinals are in the Super Bowl for a reason. They lulled the NFL betting world in to a stupor by going 4-5 ATS in their final 8 games of the season, including two losses against the spread in Weeks 15 and 16. The team went through a hump period, and then everyone pronounced them dead to the world.
Then came Atlanta, a 30-24 drubbing of rookie quarterback Matt Ryan and a victory over a 2-point spared as road favorites. The defense came alive and Kurt Warner showed his true colors as he threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns. Then came the absolutely dismantling of Carolina, in a stadium where the Panthers hadn’t lost at all.
When everyone doubted the Cardinals in the NFC Championship, they responded by throttling Donavan McNabb in an embarrassing display of aerial craftsmanship. Fitzgerald alone has 419 receiving yards in the post season, and is on pace to take apart the sordid secondary in Pittsburgh.
The lesson learned, degenerates, is that the underdogs have major bite in the playoffs. Especially out of the NFC. Remember how badly the Giants burned the Patriots last year? It’s worth noting.
Experience Where It Counts, Hunger for Glory Where it’s Needed
Kurt Warner has a Super Bowl championship under his belt, and has the age and veteran leadership to lead this team to glory. With two insanely hungry receivers at his disposal, Warner has the weapons in place to make a run with credible intangibles. When you have a head steady quarterback throwing to two receivers striving to etch their legacy in NFL history, it’s a dangerous combination. Pittsburgh has the defensive smarts to throw a Cover-2 at the Cardinals, but do you really think that’s going to be enough to stop the grizzled Anquan Boldin or the sure-handed Fitzgerald? You’re dreaming if you think it’s that easy.
Coaching Is More Valuable Than You Think
Remember when the Steelers won the Super Bowl against the Steelers where they did a double-reverse to Randle-El who completed a bomb to Hines Ward? Did that look oddly familiar to the pass-back to Warner from Arrington completed to Fitzgerald on a bomb? Introducing the genius of Mr. Ken Wisenhunt!
Those kind of creative offensive plays are exactly why Wisenhunt was brought on board, and he’s showed his flare for dramatic crowd pleasers in bunches. If you really think it’s going to be easy for the NFL’s top rated defense to stop the Cardinals, then you have to put down the crazy sauce and start sipping on some cold, hard reality. The Cardinals are a capable offense, and the mastermind at the head coaching position is better than you think.
Wisenhunt and Russ Grimm, the offensive line coach for the Cardinals, were both key components for the Steelers’ magical Super Bowl XL run. When Mike Tomlin got the head coaching spot out of Minnesota over Cowher’s apparent heirs, the seething began. Grimm and Wisenhunt responded that season by defeating the Steelers 21-14 in 2007. You are drunk on a concoction of stupidity and shame if you don’t believe Wisenhunt’s intimate knowledge on the Steelers’ offense, combined with Russ Grimm’s extensive understanding of the Pittsburgh offensive line, will prove invaluable to the Cardinals and their betting investors.