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Super Bowl Offense Betting Odds – Breaking Down The Offenses

Posted by Stan Simmons on 1/27/2010 2:25:46 PM
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The Super Bowl offense betting odds is one of the biggest talking points of Super Bowl XLIV: who has the better scoring unit? The Super Bowl line has an enormous total of 56.5 and with two excellent offensive units, it’s hard to bet the under. Here’s a preview of both offenses:

Super Bowl Offense Betting Odds: Quarterback Matchup

The quarterback matchup is about as close as can be. Many people would argue that Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are the two best quarterbacks in the NFL but Manning has the slight edge. Not only was Manning the regular season MVP, he also has been in the Super Bowl before and has a ring on his finger. NFL betting fans know that that counts for quite a bit, especially when these two are so close in every other category.

Edge: Colts

Super Bowl Offense Betting Odds: Offensive Line

The offensive lines on both units are very good with Pro Bowler in the front five on both sides. But the Colts led the NFL this year in fewest sacks allowed, which gives them the slight edge once again.

The Colts allowed just 13 sacks in the NFL this year and three of them were in the final game and a half when Curtis Painter had taken over for Manning and lots of backups were playing. That’s impressive considering the team only allowed 10 sacks the rest of the season.

Edge: Colts

Super Bowl Offense Betting Odds: Running Backs

The running backs advantage has to side with New Orleans because Joseph Addai and Donald Brown have been highly unproductive this year. Talent-wise, they might be equal but the Saints do a much better job of running the ball than Indy does, so they get the clear edge here.

Pierre Thomas is an underrated running back and combined with Reggie Bush, who doesn’t take a ton of carries, the Saints have the better backfield. Bush is the most explosive player out of the backfield on either side of the ball.

Edge: Saints

Super Bowl Offense Betting Odds: Wide Receiver s

Online betting fans know that the wide receivers unit is very close, but when you parse it down, you have to give the edge to Indy once again.

Reggie Wayne is better than Marques Colston, Pierre Garcon and Robert Meachem have both enjoyed breakout years but Garcon is a bit healthier and a bit more complete, while Austin Collie and Devery Henderson are very close (Henderson is a deep threat while Collie is more reliable).

Overall, the Colts get another slight edge in this matchup as their trio is the best in the NFL.

Edge: Colts

Super Bowl Offense Betting Odds: Tight End

The tight end matchup would be fairly close if both players were healthy but there are some indications that the Saints best tight end, Jeremy Shockey, isn’t quite right.

Shockey is dealing with a bum knee and his snaps were limited in the NFC Championship Game. On Twitter during the week, he made some inclinations that he might be going to see Dr. James Andrews, who is a knee specialist, to check out what is ailing him.

All things equal, this matchup is fairly equal, but as it stands now, the Colts have the edge with a healthy Dallas Clark.

Edge: Colts

Overall:

The sportsbook odds makers know that this matchup is very close but the Colts have a slight edge in every category except for running backs. Unless the Saints can neutralize this with their defense, this will be the difference on Super Bowl Sunday.

Overall Offensive Edge: Colts

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