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Super Bowl XLV Betting – Looking At The Top Defensive Candidates For MVP

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Thursday, 03 February 2011 20:09

Super Bowl XLV Odds and PicksSuper Bowl XLV betting players may not look too closely at the defensive players when it comes to the Most Valuable Player, as only seven players from that side of the ball have won in 45 years of Super Bowl history. But both teams have playmakers who can make a big impact on the game, and here are the favorites.

Troy Polamalu (+1200): The Defensive Player of the Year has been dealing with an Achilles injury for the last few weeks, and he obviously hasn’t been at 100%, but his 85% is better than a lot of players at full strength, and you can see the effect he has on the Steelers’ defense when he isn’t in the lineup. Polamalu has heard whispers that he has slipped, and he’s usually at his best in big games, so watch out.

Charles Woodson (+2000): Last year’s DPOY has also had some critics this season, but many NFL betting players don’t know that Woodson has been bothered by an ankle injury for most of the season. Like Polamalu, Woodson is a threat because he lines up all over the place, and he’s just as comfortable blitzing as he is in coverage. Pittsburgh has to be very aware of where he is at all times.


 

Clay Matthews (+2000): The player many felt should have been the DPOY, Matthews could use this as motivation to have a monster game, like he needed any more. Matthews has been unstoppable all season, and he could feast on a suspect offensive line. He has also improved his run defense by leaps and bounds as Matthews learns not to overpursue.

Lawrence Timmons/James Harrison (+2000): The Steelers’ linebacking duo are possible NFL picks for the Super Bowl MVP, and we all remember Harrison’s (another former DPOY) 100-yard return off an interception two years ago for the longest play in Super Bowl history. He is more likely to win this award than Timmons, who is one of the best inside linebackers in the NFL…at 24 years old.

Tramon Williams/Sam Shields (+2500): Another duo brings up the rear, and Williams burst onto the scene this year to come away with a Pro Bowl nod, while Shields didn’t even play cornerback in university; he was a receiver at Miami. But the two have taken a lot of pressure off Woodson, who is getting up there in years, and they’re going to be very crucial to the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV betting odds as the Steelers have a lot of weapons at the receiver position. If these two have a poor game, Green Bay’s sports betting chances will go down the drain.

 
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