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Super Bowl Betting - Pack Takes Step Back

Super Bowl betting was heating up on Super Bowl odds futures with the Packers as they had put together a 5-game winning streak after losing at Tampa Bay.

Super Bowl betting on those futures may cool off a bit, however, as the Pack suffered a heartbreaking 36-37 loss at Pittsburgh in which their Super Bowl odds weakness was exposed. The Packers Super Bowl betting hopes are down after that defeat as the Steelers won on the final play of the game with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace who made a tightrope catch on the sideline that took 5 minutes to review with the officials before it was confirmed as a touchdown.

Roethlisberger carved up the Packers for 503 yards passing and 3 touchdowns as Green Bay’s defense was fully undressed in front of everyone betting the Super Bowl odds.  Few came away believing that such a leaky defense could make for a Super Bowl gambling winner in the long run.

On Pittsburgh’s final game winning drive they, in fact, kept it alive with a 4th down and 8 yards to go completion.  The Packers simply let them off the hook and now the Super Bowl betting question is if they can mentally recover for the playoffs.

Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews admitted that the loss was a tough one for the Super Bowl betting stretch run.  “You lose on a last second play with a spectacular throw and catch and it’s tough,” said Matthews.  The Packers will host Seattle and then end the regular season at Arizona before the Super Bowl betting playoffs.

While both games are winnable the Packers have stuck a pin in the Super Bowl betting balloon that had them emerge as a new surprise dark horse favorite before the loss at Pittsburgh.  While the Packers rank 6th in points scored their defense ranks 11th in points allowed.

Green Bay is a far more attractive Super Bowl betting favorite than last year with improvements on special teams and defense but their loss at Pittsburgh demonstrated that they have a lot of work to do before being able to claim to be a legitimate top shelf Super Bowl betting contender.