Super Bowl odds handicappers that want to win big money realize however that the true advantage with the Super Bowl betting odds comes with the team that has superior defense.
Defense has been the key element of success in the Super Bowl going all the way back to January of 1967 when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10. Kansas City was driving at midfield in the 3rd quarter and down only 14-10 when Willie Wood of Green Bay intercepted a Len Dawson pass and ran it all the way back to the 5 yard line, which set up a Packer TD that blew the game wide open.
The New York Jets historic upset of the Baltimore Colts was based much more on their defense shutting down the Colts in a 16-7 win than on famed quarterback Joe Namath’s passing.
The No Name Defense of the Miami Dolphins was the main culprit in their 1972 undefeated season that was capped off with a Super Bowl win over the Washington Redskins. The Dolphins earned a repeat title in the following year with a Super Bowl gambling game payout over the Minnesota Vikings in which the No Name Defense suffocated an explosive Vikings attack.
The Steel Curtain of Pittsburgh is what made the Steelers a dynasty in the 1970’s that went on to win four world championships. While quarterback Terry Bradshaw, running back Franco Harris, and wideout Lynn Swann got the headlines it was the defense that made Pittsburgh a Super Bowl gambling legend.
Even quarterback Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers were winners based on a solid defense that, like Miami, quietly did its job without a lot of notoriety or headlines.
Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots may be most famous for having a near flawless quarterback in Tom Brady but it has been their defense that has been money in the bank against their Super Bowl opponents.
The New York Giants huge upset win and payout over New England with the Super Bowl odds was based on the ability of their defense to shut down Tom Brady and control the Pats offense to ruin their bid at an undefeated season.