The running abilities of Rashard Mendenhall could prove the difference as the Pittsburgh Steelers go in search of a seventh Super Bowl victory with a win over the Green Bay Packers.
Running the ball will be critical if the Steelers are to witness success and therefore it will be imperative for Mendenhall to produce an influential display.
The Steelers are 27/20 in the Super Bowl betting to beat the Green Bay Packers and their chances will be further boosted if they can take the early initiative.
If Green Bay do move ahead, it will likely result in the Steelers having to throw more than they would like and despite the talents of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, this strategy is unlikely to prove fruitful against the Packers’ highly-regarded defence.
Pittsburgh are 1/1 to make the first score and alongside this settling any nerves, it will also decrease the chances that they lose touch.
As long as the game remains tight, Pittsburgh will certainly have a chance, particularly with Roethlisberger’s proven credentials in having a major impact late on in games.
Roethlisberger is appearing in his third Super Bowl in seven seasons and has already racked up 19th fourth quarter comebacks in his career.
Meanwhile, with Green Bay having avoided trailing by any more than seven points throughout the whole of the season, it will be by a small margin if the Steelers are to triumph.
It is 7/2 that Pittsburgh win by between 1-6 points and this is almost certain to be the winning margin if the Steelers are to succeed.
With many pundits believing that the two teams are evenly matched and that a close game will materialise regardless of which team secures victory, it may also be worth a smaller bet on the Packers winning by between 1-6 points at 7/2.
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