Super Bowl betting fans again saw the Steelers take the Vince Lombardi Trophy last year and start 2009 as the Super Bowl odds favorite to repeat as champions. The Steelers showed Super Bowl betting signs at the start of the season that they might not be the best value with the Super Bowl odds as they stumbled out of the gate with a 1-2 straight up record while failing to cover all three of those games.
But just when it looked as if Pittsburgh was a fraud favorite with the NFL Super Bowl odds they recovered to win five consecutive games straight up while covering three of those matchups to again establish their Super Bowl betting credentials.
Pittsburgh looked to be in command after they beat the upstart Denver Broncos 28-10 as 3-point road favorites. At that time the Steelers were 6-2 straight up and Super Bowl betting chalks to go all the way. Instead it was the beginning of the end.
Pittsburgh followed their win at Denver up with a home loss to AFC North Division rival Cincinnati 12-18. But the Super Bowl betting shockers were still yet to come.
If ever there was a Super Bowl betting lesson about no team being bullet proof it was proven the following week when the Steelers lost at Kansas City to the pathetic Chiefs 24-27 as 10.5-point road favorites in overtime. Those who felt that the money line was a safe haven for this Super Bowl betting commodity were blown out.
And it was to get worse from there. Pittsburgh would suffer inexplicable back-to-back losses at home against the horrible Oakland Raiders and then at Cleveland to the inept Browns. The Steelers were double digit Super Bowl betting favorites in both games.
This begs the ultimate question, which is how could this happen? Pittsburgh apparently read too many of their headlines in the off season and took the little things for granted. From a gambling perspective the Steelers became one of the worst values on the board as they were 4-9 against the spread after 13 games.
When handicapping the NFL it is important to bear in mind that even a defending Super Bowl champion is vulnerable to losing to the worst teams on the board if they are not prepared and mentally sharp. Pittsburgh obviously got fat off their title and lost their edge, as well as all betting value.