Super Bowl betting usually has a lot of hype and build up regarding the offensive stars in the days leading up to the matchup with the NFL odds.
Super Bowl betting certainly does have to take into account offensive ability of a team and its quarterback but more often than not it’s the defense that brings home the bacon with the NFL odds.
Rare is the Super Bowl champion that has paid out with the NFL odds while lacking a solid defense. This year, in fact, features two of the weaker defensive teams to matchup on a Super Sunday although the Indianapolis Colts would have to be considered the superior stop unit to the New Orleans Saints.
In recent years we have seen defenses lead major upsets including two years ago when the New York Giants shut down the New England Patriots, who led late only to allow the Giants a late game winning touchdown in New York’s epic 17-14 win as 14-point dogs.
Last year Arizona’s leaky defense was the difference as Pittsburgh rallied late and scored a touchdown in the final moments to escape with a 27-23 win.
When handicapping a Super Bowl Odds always keep in mind the old adage that “offense sells tickets but defense wins games!”