Super Bowl betting has been beaten more often than not by strong defensive teams with key players that made significant contributions with the Super Bowl Odds. Willie Wood of the Green Bay Packers was such a Super Bowl betting defensive hero in the very first game of the series when he broke a 14-10 game wide open by intercepting a Len Dawson pass and returning it to the 5 yard line.
The Packers scored an easy touchdown to go ahead 21-10 and go on to beat the Super Bowl Odds going away 35-10.
Kansas City enjoyed a Super Bowl gambling redemption in Super Bowl IV based on their powerhouse defense led by middle linebacker Willie Lanier and free safety Johnny Robinson, who each made key interceptions in the Chiefs 23-7 Super Bowl betting win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Big Bob Lilly of the Dallas Cowboys was a key factor in their domination of the Miami Dolphins in a 34-3 Super Bowl betting payout. Lilly led the defensive line that completely shut down the Dolphins highly touted running attack.
Mean Joe Greene of the Pittsburgh Steelers was one of the most valuable Super Bowl betting defensive commodities ever. Greene was the anchor of the defensive line and the star of the Steel Curtain defense that strung together 4 Super Bowl betting wins from 1975-1980.
Willie Brown of the Oakland Raiders broke apart Super Bowl XI with a second half touchdown interception return to lead the Raiders to a 32-14 Super Bowl betting win.
While Brett Favre gets much of the credit for Green Bay’s Super Bowl XXXI win over the New England Patriots Reggie White was every bit as much of a Super Bowl betting factor with his domination of the front line and the way he pressured the quarterback. Lawrence Taylor was the key component of the New York Giants Super Bowl wins in 1987 and 1991.
When handicapping the Super Bowl keep in mind that a defensive star can be more valuable than a top shelf quarterback. History shows us that.