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Super Bowl Gambling - Cardinal Lessons

Super Bowl gambling has seen lightly regarded NFC teams beat the Super Bowl odds the past two years as heavy underdogs that were given little chance to prevail.

Super Bowl gambling value can often be found with such teams as the Super Bowl odds will bring value to the teams that the media gives no chance to. Last year the Arizona Cardinals were considered to be something of a Super Bowl gambling fluke in their appearance with the Super Bowl odds against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Cardinals were considered to be lucky to be posted on the odds to win Super Bowl XLIII as they were not expected to make it past the first round of the playoffs.  Compare Arizona’s Super Bowl gambling reputation to their highly regarded opponents, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were 7-point favorites with the Super Bowl odds.

All of the hype leading up to the odds to win Super Bowl XLIII was about how Pittsburgh was clearly superior on both sides of the ball and that this was a Super Bowl gambling mismatch.

Yet a solid handicapping job for this Super Bowl gambling matchup would have revealed that the Cardinals were playing their best football of the season and that their quarterback Kurt Warner was every bit the Super Bowl gambling equal of Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was actually having a sub par season.

Another Super Bowl gambling tell was that Arizona scored impressive playoff wins over Atlanta, Carolina and Philadelphia.  The Cardinals, in fact, entered Super Bowl gambling action having won at Carolina, which was the top seed in the NFC.

Those who ignored the Super Bowl gambling hype and kept a clear head were rewarded with an outstanding value on the Cardinals, who covered the spread in their 23-27 loss to the Steelers.  Pittsburgh had to rally with a touchdown pass in the final seconds to escape with the championship.

While Arizona did not win the Lombardi Trophy they did win Super Bowl gambling respect and taught gamblers a lesson about not ever writing off any team that makes it to Super Sunday.