Superbowl odds for Super Bowl XLIII tell us that the Pittsburgh Steelers are 7 point favorites against the Arizona Cardinals with a total of 47.
As we look at Superbowl betting for this game there are a few key matchups that may decide the outcome of the game.
Superbowl odds do favor the Steelers but not every matchup in the game favors Pittsburgh. The one matchup that scares the Steelers is the matchup of Larry Fitzgerald vs. their secondary. Fitzgerald has proven that no team can stop him and although the Steelers secondary is very good, Fitzgerald is great. Superbowl odds stats show that the Steelers were number one in the NFL against the pass this season. Stopping Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin is no easy task though so the Cardinals could have the edge in this Superbowl betting matchup. The bigger part of this Superbowl betting matchup could be upfront as the Cardinals offensive line faces the pressure of Pittsburgh. When Kurt Warner has time to throw he picks apart other teams. When pressured he can make mistakes. The key to this game in Superbowl odds could be how well Arizona handles linebackers James Harrison (NFL defensive player of the year), Lamar Woodley and safety Troy Polamalu.
Matchups that favor Pittsburgh in Superbowl odds are the Steelers defensive line against the Arizona running game. While it is true that Edgerrin James has looked better of late he is not going to run against the Steelers front seven. James Farrior had 133 tackles this season and combined with James Harrison and Nose tackle Casey Hampton, the Steelers just don’t give up rushing yardage. Arizona was dead last in the NFL in rushing yards this season as Superbowl odds stats show.
On the other side of the ball in Superbowl odds matchups you have Willie Parker vs. the Cardinals front seven. Parker is capable of a big game against an Arizona run defense that was average at best. The other part of the offensive Superbowl odds matchup has quarterback Ben Roethlisberger vs. the Cardinals secondary. This looks like another possible edge in Superbowl odds for Pittsburgh simply because Arizona doesn’t get much pressure on the quarterback. Arizona was 22nd against the pass this season as Superbowl odds stats show.
The Superbowl betting matchups lean to Pittsburgh in this game but not by a lot. The key to the result of Superbowl odds will be if Arizona’s defense can keep them in the game.
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