And in the world of NFL, the main question on everyone’s mind before the 2009 sportsbook action gets underway is whether or not the Pittsburgh Steelers can repeat as NFL online betting champs?
Online betting odds might make the team the favorite to win during the preseason, but basic statistics make this a very unlikely event no matter what the sportsbook gurus might say. In the past 12 NFL online betting seasons only one team has won back to back betting online championships. The New England Patriots were the only team in that group of free agent era teams to win the Super Bowl in consecutive years which gives the Steelers roughly an 8% chance of repeat –statistically speaking.
But online betting is about much more than stats and the heart of a champion can never be underestimated in the world of betting online. One thing in favor of the Steelers is the relatively easy schedule they have. After one of the most difficult schedules in history last season, the 2009 online betting calendar will be a cakewalk for the champs.
The Steelers could face some stiff online betting competition within their own division from the up and coming Ravens, but on paper the Steelers are still the team to take in the betting online action. Big Ben will have another year of experience under his belt. Young receivers like Santanio Holmes and Limas Sweed are coming into their own and the O-line is healthy for the first time in many online betting seasons. And last year’s top pick, R. Mendenhall, will finally get to help carry the ball in the action which should give the running game some teeth in the online betting post season.
The defense is what is so impressive about the Steelers, and defense, not offense, wins championships. Dick LeBeau has this group playing at a level that no other unit can match. Opponents will no doubt have more tapes to look at in the upcoming online betting season, but the old man it is the master innovator.
Statistically speaking it will be almost impossible for the Steelers to repeat as champs, however, until proven otherwise they are still the online betting favorite.