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January 25, 2011

Why football betting is a gamble

In terms of scoring, the Super Bowl matchup is fascinating. The gambling website Bodog.com has made the Green Bay Packers a three-point favorite with the over-under at 46.

During the season, the Packers averaged 24.3 points per game and the Steelers averaged 23.4. The average total of 47.7 is over the spread.

But the two teams had the top two scoring defenses in the league. Pittsburgh allowed 14.5 points a game and Green Bay allowed 15.0. That total of 29.5 is significantly under the spread.

So it is a perfect matchup of teams that can score but are also stingy at giving up points.

-- Jan Hubbard

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Good analysis of the over - wish I'd picked that.. Luckily I had the Packers who we're deserved Super Bowl winners IMO. But betting on a match of such huge importance with two great football teams is obviously very difficult betting.

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