Superbowl odds for Super Bowl XLIII have the Pittsburgh Steelers favored by 6.5 or 7 points against the Arizona Cardinals.
The total is listed at 47. As you look at Superbowl betting for this game the results will probably be determined by how the teams match up against each other.
Superbowl odds have the Steelers favored for a variety of reasons. Let’s look at the individual Superbowl betting matchups to see why Pittsburgh has an edge. The quarterback edge would seem to go to Arizona in these Superbowl odds, but that may not be the case. Kurt Warner has won a Super Bowl but so has Ben Roethlisberger. The Superbowl odds matchup in terms of quarterbacks looks even.
The Superbowl betting matchup of running backs goes to Pittsburgh. Edgerrin James has looked somewhat revitalized in recent weeks but Willie Parker is capable of having a huge game for Pittsburgh. The Superbowl odds edge in running goes to Pittsburgh.
The Superbowl odds matchup for receivers goes to Arizona with Larry Fitzgerald leading the way. Pittsburgh is not that far behind though with Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward. The Superbowl odds edge in receiving has to go to Arizona.
The defensive edge in Superbowl odds matchups is a big one for Pittsburgh. The Steelers have the #1 defense in the NFL while the Cardinals were near the bottom. Arizona has played much better defensively in the playoffs but they are not even close to Pittsburgh. There is a big edge to the Steelers on defense in this Superbowl betting matchup.
The special teams look even in Superbowl odds matchups. Both kickers are solid and the return games look even. Perhaps the Steelers could have a slight edge considering Jeff Reed never seems to miss but Neil Rackers has always been a clutch kicker.
Superbowl odds matchups favor Pittsburgh but not by a lot. The main edge for the Steelers is on defense and that is where this game will be won or lost. Superbowl odds show the Steelers as about a touchdown favorite for this game with a total of 47.
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