Special Teams Might be the Difference in Superbowl Odds

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

Super Bowl odds are going to be focused on the offenses of the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts but the ultimate result could come down to special teams.

The Colts are 4.5 point favorites in Super Bowl betting with a total of 56.5. Super Bowl odds could see the game coming down to a kick or it might be the game comes down to a kickoff or punt return.  The Saints have Reggie Bush who can impact Super Bowl odds at any moment.  Bush is the all-time leader for the Saints with four TD returns. "In this type of game, field position is everything," Bush said. "I can do a great job at giving our offense a short field to work with. And sometimes a fair catch can be a win, too. If I don’t catch the ball and it bounces back another 10 or 15 yards, that can end up hurting you. So fair-catching isn’t so bad in this kind of game."

The Saints are getting much of the attention in Super Bowl betting on special teams because of what Bush can do. "Special teams can be the difference in winning and losing in this game," Bush said. "Giving either one of these offenses a short field is dangerous. Obviously, we would love to give our offense a short field, and if we can keep them on the longer field, that could be the difference."

If the game is close in Super Bowl odds, special teams could be the difference.   Keep in mind as you look at Super Bowl betting that the Colts won seven games this season by four points or less.  The Colts were in the Top 10 in the league in kickoffs as were the Saints.  Even though the Saints have Reggie Bush who can impact Super Bowl odds, the Colts returner Courtney Roby was the better kick returner, averaging 27.5 yards per runback.

The other area of special teams that can impact Super Bowl betting is the kickers.  New Orleans kicker Garrett Hartley is just 23 years old while Indianapolis kicker Matt Stover is 42 years old and will be the oldest player to ever play in Super Bowl odds.  Stover won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2000 and he is fourth all-time among kickers with 2,004 points.  He replaced an injured Adam Vinatieri late this season for the Colts.  He was 14 for 16 on field goals with the Colts.  On the other side in Super Bowl odds stats, Hartley is 11 for 13 this season after coming back from suspension.