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Oddsmakers Favor Green Bay By 2.5

The line for Super Bowl XLV is the narrowest since 1982

By Scott Crisp
|  Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011  |  Updated 12:38 PM CDT
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Oddsmakers Favor Green Bay By 2.5

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In 11 days, the Super Bowl will be played for the 45th time; also for the 45th time, a good chunk of the American population will place a wager (or wagers) on the oh-so-awesome event, meaning that the more serious gamblers, those who have nicknames stemming from their careers, are likely currently poring over numbers in anticipation.

Per BetUS.com, as of this morning, the Green Bay Packers are favored by 2.5 points over the Pittsburgh Steelers in next Sunday’s championship showdown; this figure has fallen from it’s initial difference of a field goal, and is the tightest spread since the 1-point line between the 49ers and Bengals in 1982.

The projected total for points sits currently at 44.5, down from its initial point of 46. The Packers are 1-2 on the over/under this postseason; Pittsburgh is 2-2 on the O/U during their run to the Super Bowl.

To be sure, the oddsmakers like a lot about the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger's history of winning, the return of a healthy Troy Polamalu, the likelihood of Maurkice Pouncey returning for the big game, etc. But Green Bay got the slight nod, probably, due to the impeccable play of Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, and the team's dominant run on their way to the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLV will be played on Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

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