Oddsmakers Say Steelers Are Early Underdogs

LAS VEGAS (KDKA/AP) — Just minutes after the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Jets to win their eighth AFC Championship, Las Vegas odds makers were giving the edge to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.

The Glantz-Culver line made the Packers an early 2½-point favorite and put the total score at 45½ points for the Feb. 6 game in Arlington, Texas.

The decision to make the Packers the early favorite was due to their popularity among bettors during the past few weeks.

Jay Kornegay, executive director of the Race and Sports Book at the Las Vegas Hilton, said his book made the Packers a two-point favorite and quickly moved the line to 2½ points as bettors gambled on Green Bay.

Another oddsmaker made the Packers a 1½-point favorite to try to encourage action on both teams, but some think it’s too high.

The Super Bowl is the most popular betting game of the year for Nevada casinos, which won almost $6.9 million on last year’s game as bettors wagered $82.7 million.

Casinos and oddsmakers expect wagering to be up again this year because of the following of Steeler Nation and Cheeseheads from around the country.

  • shooter

    isnt that a load of garbage steelers by 6

  • David Norris

    I love to see that we are the underdogs myself. The Steelers have a very nice chance to be the Only Team Now With 7 Super Bowl Tittles and move closer to the Packers record Championships, I think at 12 if someone corrects me on that . . I thank you ahead of time.

  • Buddy Repperton

    The Steelers 2 Super Bowl wins will no doubt put them at a severe disadvantage to the much more experienced Packers. Big Ben’s ability to win a Super Bowl in the final seconds also pales in comparison to Aaron Rogers second half performance against the Bears.

    • Brad

      Sarcasm doesn’t come thru well in posts .. Just makes you seem blatantly stupid

      • Buddy Repperton

        Only if you’re stupid enough to not understand obvious sarcasm or have a stick jammed up your butt like yourself.

      • Dave

        Still bumming that your Jets lost?

  • DC Slideways

    Buddy Repperton obviously a fan of things placed where they should’nt be. Speaks from experience


    I can’t leave turkey basters or the family pets alone with buddy…………

  • Whines Hard

    this is good news. play the “disrespect” card

  • Carol Cravens Whitten

    I am an avid Packer fan and hope they win!

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