Pittsburgh can Steel the Super Bowl
Big Ben Roethlisberger and his Pittsburgh Steelers are my pick to win this year's Super Bowl and at 13/10 against the Green Bay Packers at 4/6 - you may need some convincing why.
Super Bowl XLV (45) will pit the AFC champions Pittsburgh Steelers against the NFC champion Green Bay Packers.
The Packers have made it here with a blitz-happy defense that has confused opposition offenses all season.
The vastly more experienced Steelers have relied on their balanced offense and the combination of running back Rashard Mendenhall receiving from Ben Roethlisberger to reach the Super Bowl.
The result of this match has to come down to the quality of the QB on the night as both teams rely so heavily on the man with the ball. It could come down to who handles the pressure of the occasion the best.
That is one of the reasons why I fancy the Steelers, the experienced and cool-headed Ben Roethlisberger who is always ready to make the big plays when the pressure is on.
In Ben, the Steelers are led by one of the best QBs in the game who has had arguably one of his best seasons in his seven year career in the NFL. He may have only played 12 games but in those he has thrown for 3200 yards and 17 TDs and just had 5 interceptions.
His opposite number Aaron Rodgers, although impressive, has struggled against some of the best defensive lines this season (namely the Bears and the Jets). Now he squares up against THE best defense in the NFL and the critics, who say his record only shines due to matches against inferior opponents, could be proved right.
A reason I think the Packers will struggle is their choice of rookie RB, James Starks. While he has provided Green Bay with the running threat they have needed for a long time, the former sixth-round draft pick could struggle, not only with the occasion - but his skinny frame could also struggle with the monstrous Pittsburgh defense.
Stark's opposite number Rashard Mendenhall is in fine form and has amassed over 1,200 yards on the ground this season, scoring 13 TDs and he almost won the AFC championship game against the Jets single-handedly.
Overall I would say the Steelers edge it, not only in most areas of the field but also mentally. When you have two QBs lining up - one who has never won anything and one who has a 10-2 record in the playoffs and two Super Bowl rings, it is hard not to choose the more experienced option.
It will undoubtedly be close, as Super Bowls often are. I am very tempted by the 10/11 on under 44 points as both teams will really be keeping it tight.
If you really fancy the Packers to justify being favourites then I recommend the winning margin of 1-6 points at 10/3 as I can't see them running away with it.
Personally though, I prefer the Steelers to just edge it, the close winning margin of 1-6 points for Pittsburgh, the most successful Super Bowl team ever (with six titles), at the price of 15/4 is the pick.
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