Super Bowl odds were too much for Pittsburgh to overcome last Sunday however as they made too many mistakes in their 31-25 Super Bowl betting loss to the Green Bay Packers.
The Steelers suffered just their 2nd Super Bowl loss in 8 tries as they turned the ball over 3 times and could not put out the Green Bay offensive attack when it mattered most. It was a bitter disappointment for the Steelers and their worldwide fan base that expects successful Super Bowl gambling results. The question now is where does Pittsburgh go from here?
Pittsburgh was the number two seed in the AFC playoffs this year and won both of their playoff games at home over the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets. The AFC figures to be highly competitive again next year as the New England Patriots will join the Jets and Ravens as top contenders while the San Diego Chargers figure to be back as well after an off year in 2010.
It may be a difficult path for the Steelers to get back on the NFL Super Bowl odds board as they are becoming an older team that is going to need a roster overhaul in the not too distant future. Beyond that the off field antics of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are a source of distraction, frustration, and embarrassment and that will need to be addressed as well.
Roethlisberger was not sharp in the Super Bowl against the Packers and his costly “pick six” in the first quarter proved to be the difference in the outcome of the game with the Super Bowl Betting line. He also failed to deliver when he was charged with leading Pittsburgh’s 4th quarter two-minute drill as the Steelers meekly went four and out.
Mike Tomlin is a well-respected coach and Pittsburgh has been a consistent contender for the past two decades but the margin is thin in the NFL and parity is at an all-time high. It is becoming more difficult just to make the playoffs let alone being posted on the Super Bowl odds board and now Pittsburgh must deal with their failure and dejection and improve to keep pace.