The Arizona Cardinals are the underdog in Super Bowl betting odds against the tradition rich Pittsburgh Steelers. Super Bowl odds have the Steelers favored by 6.5 points against the Cardinals with a total of 47.
Super Bowl betting facts show that the Cardinals were the worst running team in the NFL this season while the Steelers were not a whole lot better, at 10th worst in the league. It is unusual in Super Bowl odds to see two teams that struggle to run the ball. Will that change in the Super Bowl? It is unlikely Arizona will be able to run against the Pittsburgh defense but Willie Parker might be able to do well against a weaker Arizona defense.
Super Bowl odds history tells us that the Steelers and Cardinals have played only eight times in their history and Pittsburgh has won five of those eight games. There is some interesting Super Bowl betting history in this game considering that Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and assistant head coach Russ Grimm were left out when Pittsburgh head coach Bill Cowher left. Mike Tomlin got the job and Whisenhunt and Grimm left for Arizona. Will revenge be on their minds?
The key in Super Bowl odds on February 1st is likely to be Pittsburgh’s #1 ranked defense against Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner. The Philadelphia Eagles found out the hard way that blitzing Warner is not the way to win. Warner was the best quarterback in the league during the regular season against the blitz as Super Bowl odds stats show and he killed the Eagles in the playoff game when they blitzed him.
A key matchup in Super Bowl odds will be Pittsburgh corner back Ike Taylor against Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald. If Taylor can hold his own against Fitzgerald then Pittsburgh should win in Super Bowl odds. If not, the Cardinals can stay in the game versus the Super Bowl odds. Taylor was the third alternate in the AFC for the Pro Bowl. Super Bowl odds could see some interesting calls in the game. The Cardinals had a great flea-flicker for a touchdown against the Eagles so you should expect a number of trick plays against the Steelers.
Both quarterbacks have had great success in Super Bowl odds history. Warner is now 8-2 in his career in the playoffs with a Super Bowl win while Ben Roethlisberger is 7-2 with a Super Bowl win as Super Bowl betting stats show.
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