The Super Bowl XLV participants have been determined and when they square off on Sunday February 6th in Arlington, Texas, years of preparation and anticipation will come down to 60 minutes. The Green Bay Packers will face the Pittsburgh Steelers in a match up between the NFL Wild Card and number six seed Packers against the Number two seed Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Green Bay Packers were forced to play and win three road games in the NFL Playoffs a run reminiscent of the New York Giants when they went on to win the Super Bowl after three straight road wins. Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers found their explosive offense in their NFL Divisional Playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Pittsburgh Steelers earned their bye week in the NFL Playoffs and were forced to play two of the hardest hitting most violent games in history. Pittsburgh first played their AFC North rivals in a brutal NFL Divisional game and then they played the menacing New York Jets defense. Both games were close but the Pittsburgh Steelers ended up on the winning end while covering the spread.
Pittsburgh Steelers Defense vs Green Bay Packers Offense
The Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been the most dominant in the NFL all season. The Steelers are known for their vicious hitting and their devastating run stuffing defense. The Steelers have only allowed 61 yards per game on the ground this season.
Defensive lineman Aaron Smith has been missing out of the Pittsburgh Steelers lineup all season but if he can make it back for the Steelers in the Super Bowl he will make a major impact. James Harrison, James Farrior and Ike Taylor are all just as important as the Steelers MVP on defense Troy Polamalu.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers offense has gone through an evolution this season but they are hitting on all cylinders as the Super Bowl approaches. Rodgers has suffered two concussions this season and with the head hunting Pittsburgh Steelers defense he may be in danger of a quick knock out.
The new found running game with James Starks out of the back field may be a huge asset in this game for the Green Bay Packers. Brandon Jackson also made an appearance and looked stout during the victory over the Chicago Bears. The Pittsburgh Steelers defense has the edge over the Green Bay Packers offense.
Green Bay Packers Defense vs Pittsburgh Steelers Offense
For the next two weeks we will hear of the most feared defense in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers. This will be a rallying cry for Clay Mathews and the Green Bay Packers defense. BJ Raji, the Green Bay Packers nose tackle and Mathews are the best players on the front seven of this defense.
The outside defense of the Green Bay Packers is possibly the best combination of shut down corners in the NFL. Charles Woodson is at the top of the list when it comes down to best shut down corners in the history of the NFL. Now Woodson has help with the emergence of Tramon Williams on the opposite corner.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers offense is not very exciting to watch in most games. Roethlisberger will not throw for three hundred yards in the Super Bowl and Rashard Mendenhall will not rush for 150 yards in the Super Bowl.
This team does not need explosive production from their offense. All the Pittsburgh Steelers need to do is not make mistakes. The Green Bay Packers defense has a slight edge over the Pittsburgh Steelers offense.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers -2.5: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has set the line on the 45th Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers as a two and a half point favorite over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Before the NFL Conference Championships the Las Vegas Hilton Superbook posted a spread of AFC -1 over NFC. Now with the teams established the Green Bay Packers have take a three and a half point swing.
The Green Bay Packers are 7-4 against the spread away from home this season including their three consecutive NFL Playoff road wins. The Packers are also 12-7 against the spread overall while posting a straight up record of 13-6.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 5-3 against the spread away from Heinz Field and they beat the spread in their two NFL Playoff games. Overall the Pittsburgh Steelers are 12-6 against the spread this season and they are 14-4 straight up. Take the Pittsburgh Steelers +2.5 points to win the Super Bowl outright over the Green Bay Packers.
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