Super Bowl bet respect is growing for the Pack as their defense could be the final element that takes them to victory with the Super Bowl betting line.
Sports Gambling opened with Green Bay as a +1200 choice to win the Super Bowl and as a +500 choice to win the NFC Championship.
Green Bay finished with a record of 10-6 straight up and 9-7 against the spread with 10 of their games going under the total. The Packers finished behind Chicago in the NFC North Division and were a wild card team. Last week they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 21-16 as 1 point road dogs on Wild Card Sunday.
When most handicappers look at Green Bay with the odds to win 2011 Super Bowl they immediately think of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who finished with a 101.2 QB rating based on a 65% completion rate with 3922 yards and a 28/11 touchdown to interception ratio. Rodgers averaged an impressive 8.3 yards per attempt.
A big concern for Green Bay is their ground attack as Ryan Grant was lost for most of the season and is out for the playoffs. Brandon Jackson was the top fill in with 703 yards and a mediocre 3.7 yards per rush.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings could be a big key with the Super Bowl betting odds as he was Rodgers favorite target with 76 receptions good for 1265 yards and a 16.6 yards per catch average with 12 touchdowns.
The Green Bay defense has continued to get better since Dom Capers took over as coordinator in 2009. The Packers ranked 5th overall in the NFL for total defense and an even better 2nd for points allowed.
Clay Matthews is a potentially huge Super Bowl bet asset as he compiled 13.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
Tramon Williams had a team high 6 interceptions while Charles Woodson had 2 picks and a team best 5 forced fumbles. Woodson also led the Pack in tackles with 76 as Desmond Bishop was right behind with 75.
Special teams have been a concern for Green Bay since Mike McCarthy took over as head coach in 2006 and that may prove to be their downfall in the post season.