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Free Super Bowl Picks: Five Green Bay Packers to Watch

by on January 23, 2011
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The Green Bay Packers know that they have a great chance of snaring the Lombardi Trophy. The oddsmakers have lined them as 2.5 point favorites on the Super Bowl XLV lines. These are the five players that are going to be the keys to victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the biggest game of the year!

Aaron Rodgers: It almost seems like a foregone conclusion that Rodgers is going to have to play like a man capable of beating the Super Bowl XLV MVP odds for Green Bay to be able to win this one. He really had a terrible NFC Championship Game, especially after starting off 5-for-5 on the day. Rodgers ended going just 17-of-30 for 244 yards with two picks on the day, but he did account for 39 rushing yards and a TD. We know that he has the ability to be a hero, though. Just ask the Atlanta Falcons how they feel about his 31-of-36 game in which he accounted for four TDs and 366 passing yards. This is going to be a tough defense to try to crack, but Rodgers is going to be the top priority to beat the Superbowl lines.

James Starks: All of a sudden, the Packers absolutely unleashed a monster in the backfield, as Starks came out of nowhere to help a rushing attack that had really been crippled all season long. Though Green Bay is nowhere near a juggernaut now with a rookie taking control, it feels like a team that should be able to put up more than the 100.4 yards per game it averaged in the regular season if given the chances. Starks doesn't have a great yards per carry average in the postseason, as he is just at 3.76 YPC, but his 263 yards in three games has really struck some fear in the competition. It's not about Starks really getting the stats. It's just about him keeping the opposing defense honest to help give the Packers a 'W' on the Superbowl odds.

Tramon Williams: Williams had a relatively quiet third postseason game, but his first two were certainly ones to remember. He picked off QB Matt Ryan twice and QB Michael Vick once in the first two rounds of the postseason, giving him a total of eight picks including the regular season. We know that Williams is an explosive man when he gets the ball in his hands, and he has done a great job as a cover corner as well. This is also the team's punt and kick returner as well. Williams accounted for 1,010 yards between kick and punt returns on the campaign, and he is still waiting to really break his first one wide open. If he does, he could be the key to the game as well.

Clay Matthews: Matthews came out of the blocks like a house of fire this year, accounting for six sacks in his first two games. He did slow down over the course of the rest of the year, but there isn't a person that could deny that he was the defensive MVP for this team en route to Superbowl betting action this year. It almost seems like Matthews has been really, really quiet this year in the second season, but he does have 3.5 sacks and has at least gotten to the quarterback once in all three playoff games. It might not be what Matthews really does on the stat sheet either, but he is going to be able to force a lot of havoc in the backfield all night long.

Charles Woodson: Woodson is the forgotten man in the Packers' secondary, as he really hasn't had the season that he did last year when he was arguably the best player on one of the best defenses in the league. He only had two picks and two sacks this year, and he really hasn't made a huge impact like Williams or DB Sam Shields have, but he knows what it is like to play in Superbowl betting action, having done so with the Oakland Raiders against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Woodson is one of just two players on the active roster for the Packers that has Super Bowl experience, with the other being DT Ryan Pickett.