|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL The Pittsburgh Steelers have arrived in Dallas Texas, and have already earned a bit of respect as Super Bowl XLV weeks begins.
Troy Polamalu was picked as the Associated Press’ NFL Defensive Player of the Year this Monday. The award was between Polamalu and Clay Matthews, linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, but his 15 votes were just shy of Troy’s 17. He is the sixth Steeler to win the award. He missed two games in the regular season, but still managed 7 interceptions and 63 tackles.
The Steelers finished the regular season at the top of the AFC North with a 12-4 record. They went on to beat the Baltimore Ravens 31-24 in the Divisional Playoffs, and then the New York Jets 24-19 in the Conference Finals. Now they face the Green Bay Packers in the forty-fifth annual Super Bowl, held in Dallas, Texas.
There has been some talk that Pro Bowl rookie center, Maurkice Pouncey may not be able to join his teammates on the field this weekend, but coach Mike Tomlin will argue the opposite. Pouncey has a high sprain and a broken bone in his left ankle, and he has been seen walking around on crutches in Texas this week. He injured his ankle during the Steelers’ victory over the Jets two weeks ago. If he cannot heal in time to play, Doug Legursky will fill in at center when necessary, he started four games in the regular season, but at right guard.
Another injury the Steelers are dealing with, and important to note when betting on football, is Aaron Smith, who has been out since Week 7 with a triceps injury. He is undergoing an MRI to find out if he will be able to participate this weekend, but it looking more like the injured athlete will be supporting his team from the sidelines.
When betting on the Super Bowl remember that Sporstbook lists the Pittsburgh Steelers as the +3 point underdogs with the total over under at 44.5.
In some fun and random trivia, Madden NFL 11 has predicted that the Super Bowl XLV title will go to the Steelers at 24-20, thanks to a late interception by Aaron Rodgers. When placing your Super Bowl bets you should note that the Madden NFL simulations have been right for 6 of the past 7 years, including last year.