Published: Wed, September 14, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Super Bowl NFL Week 2 early odds and Preview For the New Orleans Saints to Win it All Again

Super Bowl NFL Week 2 early odds and Preview For the New Orleans Saints to Win it All Again

In 2009 the Pittsburgh Steelers went 9-7 on NFL Picks and were 5-10-1 against the spread, going over the betting odds total 9 time and under 7 times. Pittsburgh is 2 years removed from their Super Bowl win against the Arizona Cardinals, last season the team was pretty good statistically, on offense they ranked 7th overall in total yards averaging 371.3 yards per game, passing for over 259 yards per game. The team was 19th overall in rushing but that should improve with Rashard Mendenhall is healthy the entire season. The Steelers defense is always tough and ranked 5th overall in 2009-10 giving up 305.3 yards per game, the pass defense was a little suspect giving up 215.4 yards per game which were 19th overall in the NFL but the run defense was great, giving up only 89.9 yards per game and that ranked 3rd in the entire NFL.

The Steelers had a nightmare of an offseason with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger getting in trouble in a Georgia nightclub, prompting the league office to suspend his for the 1st 4 possibly 6 games in the upcoming 2010-11 season. Roethlisberger is a proven player in the league and I personally hate to see him put his self in the kinds of situations he has recently, this sports handicapper believes this guy is one of the best in the NFL, he has won 2 super bowls as the quarterback of the Steelers and there could easily be more on the horizon. The hero of the 2008 Super Bowl Santonio Holmes is no longer with the Steelers, he has had his own issues and the front office got a little tired of Holmes, that's what makes this organization one of the best in football, they will work with you but if you continue to act out, they will ship you out and Big Ben is probably going on his 3rd strike.

Pittsburgh will struggle a little early in the season without Roethlisberger but Dennis Dixon has proved he can play. Coach Mike Tomlin will have to keep this team focused early on and he will do just that, the team has plenty of leaders on both sides of the ball. The wide receiver position has some injury problems with Limus Sweed out for the season. The team also lost offensive tackle lost Willie Colon for the season, he was injured during offseason workouts at the Steelers training facility but the always reliable Hines Ward will have another big season. The Steelers defense is loaded on the defensive line at linebacker and in the secondary, they have big time players on this side of the ball. The Steelers will struggle early in the season but will still battle the Baltimore Ravens for 2nd place in the division, and they will make the playoffs.

The 2010-11 Arizona Cardinals have a lot of holes to fill and it all starts with replacing all pro quarterback Kurt Warner, the Matt Leinart era begins in the dessert. Leinart has been waiting for his chance since being selected in the 1st round of the 2006 NFL draft. Leinart has to play at his own pace and not get caught up in trying to do what Warner did if Leinart plays his game and stays focused he will be successful, but if he gets caught up in the comparisons he will be in trouble. The Cardinals also must replace Anquan Boldin, that may not be as tough as it may seem with wide receiver Early Doucet and Steve Breaston looking like good replacements, the offensive line will be anchored by center Lyle Sendlein and tackle Levi Brown. Running back Beanie Wells will step up his game even more in 2010-11 and his backup Tim Hightower is more than capable.

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