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Super Bowl Betting Lines – Packers vs. Steelers Picks

Super Bowl Betting – Two Decorated Franchises Collide In Attractive Super Bowl Matchup

In the market for the best Packers vs. Steelers picks on the web? The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers both made life miserable for the Dallas Cowboys in the past. They now meet on the Cowboys’ home field in Super Bowl XLV.

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Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers
Date/Time: 6:30 PM ET, SUNDAY, February 6th, 2011
Venue: Cowboys Stadium, Dallas TX
Broadcast: FOX
Odds: Steelers +2.5, Packers -2.5
Total: 44.5

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This is a Super Bowl loaded with irony. In the 1960s, the Green Bay Packers reached the first two Super Bowls – then called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game – by defeating the Dallas Cowboys in a pair of classic playoff games. In the 1970s, the two best Super Bowls in the first 13 editions of the event were won by the Pittsburgh Steelers against the very same Cowboys. No two franchises have harmed the Cowboys more than Green Bay and Pittsburgh, and so it’s really rather remarkable that in the first Super Bowl to be played in the Dallas metropolitan area, who should appear but the Packers and Steelers. The residents of Dallas have to be sick to their stomachs as they contemplate all the awful memories these two teams have created in Big D. At any rate, it’s just about time for the ultimate event in American professional sports. As you’ll see, the key for the Packers is not on the field, but between the ears.

Packers vs. Steelers Picks – Super Bowl Betting: Why Pittsburgh Will Win

Since Pittsburgh has reached and won two previous Super Bowls under quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers will have the mental edge in this game. The key for Pittsburgh is merely to execute its game plan, and the foremost thing it can do to improve its odds is to put Roethlisberger in position to succeed. It’s true that Roethlisberger possesses incredibly nimble feet and is regularly able to make plays out of the pocket, but Pittsburgh’s blocking scheme still did some nifty things in the AFC Championship Game victory over the New York Jets. The Steelers regularly funneled the pass rush up the middle and did not get beaten on the edges. The Jets got a decent straightforward push but lacked outside containment, and Roethlisberger took advantage. Big Ben was able to move outside the pocket without much worry and flip a pass to a wide-open receiver to move the chains. As long as the Steelers can do something similar against Green Bay’s defense, Pittsburgh will be in position to control the ball for long stretches of time and keep the Packers’ potent offense off the field. Rodgers is the quarterback who is getting more attention (on the field) in this game, but Roethlisberger remains the key. The proven winner will make Green Bay pay if he’s able to move around in the pocket. That’s what the Steelers need to ensure as they prep for Sunday’s showdown.

Packers vs. Steelers Picks – Super Bowl Betting: Why Green Bay Will Win

There are certainly lots of on-field keys and many X-and-O considerations that need to enter into the equation for the Packers, but frankly, the biggest need for this team – which is playing in its first Super Bowl together (many of Pittsburgh’s current players have been in three Super Bowls and almost all of them appeared in Super Bowl XLIII against Arizona two years ago) – is to be mentally tough.

The Super Bowl is such a unique experience; it’s not a normal game and it requires a great deal of composure. The Packers will be breathing hard and their heartbeats will be skyrocketing as kickoff time approaches. Green Bay needs to calm down as soon as possible and establish a regular game flow rooted in a mature attitude. That is difficult enough in its own right, but it’s going to be even harder in light of what’s transpired over the past week. A dispute about a team photo has created ripples of dissension in the Packers’ locker room; the incident started by reserve linebacker Nick Barnett enfolded Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and took the team’s focus away from all the good things it has done to make the Super Bowl for the first time in 13 years. Super Bowl history is replete with examples of how off-field events affected on-field performance. The best example comes from Super Bowl XXXIII, in which Atlanta Falcon safety Eugene Robinson was caught soliciting a prostitute the night before the game. Robinson played horribly and was torched by Denver Bronco receiver Rod Smith in a 34-19 Denver victory. Green Bay needs to truly believe it can win this game. The Packers have to band together in a real way, or else Pittsburgh will smoke them.

Packers vs. Steelers Picks & Betting Outlook

The Packers seemed to be the wise choice when the conference championship games ended, but now the calculus has changed. Green Bay’s internal bickering and squabbling is a stark contrast to Pittsburgh’s businesslike demeanor, big-game familiarity, and icy confidence. Green Bay should have spent the past several days preparing for Pittsburgh’s defense, guided by the best coordinator in the sport, defensive maestro Dick LeBeau. Instead, the Packers were griping among each other about a team photograph. This suggests that Pittsburgh is ready to win, while Green Bay is wrapped up in unimportant pursuits. Take Pittsburgh to win its seventh Super Bowl title in eight tries.

Super Bowl Betting Pick: Steelers +2.5

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