Super Bowl odds have the Arizona Cardinals as 6.5 point underdogs against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.
The Steelers have the respect of the Super Bowl betting oddsmakers but the public is definitely considering the underdog Cardinals. Super Bowl odds opened with Pittsburgh a 7 point favorite but that number has dropped to 6.5. Many gamblers are taking a serious look at the underdog Cardinals in Super Bowl betting. Anytime a team has won three straight games as underdogs as the Cardinals have, they start to get attention from the public.
A similar thing happened in Super Bowl odds last season when the unbeaten and highly respected New England Patriots played the New York Giants. The Super Bowl odds makers gave all of the support the Patriots but the public backed the Giants. It was a rare instance where the sportsbooks did not win money in the Super Bowl. Could the underdog Cardinals do the same thing in Super Bowl betting this year? Super Bowl odds makers are not taking any chances as the game moved very quickly off the opening Super Bowl betting number of 7 to 6.5.
Super Bowl odds history shows that the Cardinals are the first nine win team to reach the Super Bowl since 1979 when the St. Louis Rams lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Many people still remember that Super Bowl as it was much more competitive than the final score of 31-19 indicates. The Rams actually led 19-17 late in the third quarter but it was the Steelers that covered the 11 point Super Bowl odds.
Arizona is an underdog in Super Bowl odds to the Steelers because of Pittsburgh’s #1 ranked defense. Super Bowl odds numbers show that the Cardinals have scored at least 30 points in each of their playoff wins but they have not faced a defense anywhere near as dominant as Pittsburgh’s. The Steelers led the NFL in almost every defensive category this season as Super Bowl odds stats show. The Steelers were the #2 seed in the AFC and they are a deserving favorite against the underdog Cardinals in Super Bowl odds.
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