Super Bowl 45 betting handicappers were disappointed midway through the regular season for the 2010-11 seasons as the Dallas Cowboys and prolific owner Jerry Jones were supposed to be in the title game this year. What better way for Jerry Jones to put his stamp on the NFL betting league than by having his Cowboys play at Cowboys Stadium in the Super Bowl game. Instead we get to see legendary Cowboys rival the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here is why this game makes sense for the NFL.
For the first time in NFL merger history, the Super Bowl will be contested between the two most popular teams in league history. Despite never facing each other before in the playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers have been known to put on an exciting game. What's perhaps most intriguing about this game is that each team is designed in a similar way. The Packers and Steelers own the two greatest Defensive Coordinators in the game today in Dick LeBeau and Dom Capers and the offenses are centered on two future hall of fame quarterbacks.
As we saw on December 20, 2009 the last time these two teams faced each other, this matchup doesn't get any more even. During that fateful day near the end of 2009, it was the offense and not the defense that was on full display, as Ben Roethlisberger torched the Green Bay defense for 503 yards and three touchdowns. Conversely, Aaron Rodgers torched the Steelers defense for 383 yards and three touchdowns. The Steelers would walk away from that day with the astounding 37 to 36 victory.
Entering the February 6, 2011 matchup between the two doppelganger squads, we feel much of the same in terms of that December 20th game will take place. Literally throughout these playoffs and the history of the NFL, football handicapping purists have waited for this matchup as the two biggest fan bases in league history collide. Look for this game to go over the total again, but possibly under 73 points.