NFL football gambling handicappers have learned that the old method for picking winners with the odds to win Super Bowl have changed dramatically from back in the day.
When the Super Bowl began in 1967 most gamblers and handicappers believed that it was impossible to win the final big game without a great quarterback and defense. Recent years have proven that is no longer the case.
Part of successful football betting is the ability of a handicapper to change with the dynamics of the sport and to recognize that change is inevitable. Furthermore, the odds makers will constantly stay ahead of the crowd and also realize that the public tends to bet in mass with the same general mindset and outlook.
Last year for example, both teams that were on the Super Bowl betting board, the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints, were not strong defensive teams and instead relied upon powerful high octane offenses to make it to Super Sunday.
Back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s the San Diego Chargers went with that approach and yet never made it all the way to the Super Bowl. Times have certainly changed as the New Orleans Saints proved with their championship last year.
The Arizona Cardinals were an even worse defensive team than the Saints and yet made the Super Bowl in the previous season as a surprise upstart that relied almost solely on offense and their quarterback Kurt Warner.
Despite their horrible defense, which may have been one of the worst units in the history of handicapping the Super Bowl, the Cardinals beat the Super Bowl odds in their 27-24 loss as 7 point dogs to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Just as interesting were the Super Bowl championships of the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 2001 Baltimore Ravens as those clubs also defied conventional wisdom by winning the world championship without top shelf quarterbacks.
The most successful handicappers in NFL football gambling have learned to adapt to the changing times and new ways of professional football while recognizing that success does not come with a fixation that is based on old formulas that are no longer relevant.