Because Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Florida is ON this Sunday when the two remaining teams in the National Football League, that’s the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals, play for arguably the biggest prize in all of sports.
Dubbed as Super Bowl Sunday, plenty of sports pundits and gamblers have started making their picks for the big game and it’s understandable that many are picking the Pittsburgh Steelers to win it all.
The Steelers started this season’s Super Bowl betting activities listed as -6.5 favorites, God knows how much will this team be favored to beat the Arizona Cardinals come game time.
How come majority of the male population favor Pittsburgh? Easy. The Steelers have been in the playoffs six times this decade, and won Super Bowl XL four years ago with Ben Roethlisberger coming off from an impressive rookie year then. The Steelers ended this year’s regular season campaign with an impressive 12-4 record, while the Cardinals limped into the postseason with a 9-7 mark, losing four of their last five games.
Only one other 9-7 team has made it to the big game, when the Rams earned a Super Bowl ticket back in 1980. It’s unfortunate that THAT 9-7 team lost, but it’s ironic that the team that handed them the Super Bowl loss was… (drum roll please…) the Pittsburgh Steelers.
For what it’s worth, the Arizona Cardinals will be bringing their high-flying passing offense this Sunday. Ranked 2nd overall next only to the New Orleans Saints, the Arizona passing game, led by a rejuvenated Kurt Warner, averaged 304.7 yards this year, compared to Pittsburgh’s passing attack that averaged 225.4 yards a game, good for only 15th in the league.
But while Arizona has strength in their offense, it’s on defense where the Steelers excel best. With Steelers safety Troy Polamalu leading the Steel Curtain, Polamalu can very well dictate the tempo of the game and can instantaneously end any quarterback’s night by humiliating him with one defensive play downfield.
Sure, Warner still has other targets if the Steelers decide to put Polamalu on Larry Fitzgerald. The problem is, that ”other” target, Anquan Boldin, has been having his problems with their offensive coordinator lately. And knowing these ”me first” wide receivers like that guy from Dallas, I’m not expecting him to be more of a team player in probably the biggest game of his NFL career.
So who’s our pick? First, let me just state that we love drama. We’d love to see the Cardinals shock the world for the last time in probably the last game Kurt Warner will play in a football field. And since they are listed right now as +7 underdogs, betting on the Cardinals to cover that spread isn’t a bad idea at all.
Can the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals to win Super Bowl XLIII? SportsBetting.com has the odds.