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    Odds to Win Super Bowl XLV: Patriots Favored at Start of NFL Playoffs

    Written by Drew Sharper
    Monday, 03 January 2011 10:18

    The 2011 NFL Playoffs are set and will begin this weekend and the odds are out for which team will walk away with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

    The New England Patriots enter the playoffs as the favorite to win with 13/10 odds according to oddsmakers from online sportsbook Sportsbook.com. Other short odds to win are the Atlanta Falcons (5/1), the Pittsburgh Steelers (5/1), Chicago Bears (10/1), and Green Bay Packers (10/1).

    The Patriots have the top record in the NFL at 14-2 and will home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. New England was 8-0 at home and has currently won 8-straight games. The Patriots posted a league-high 518 points. New England has made six Super Bowl appearances, winning three titles.

    The Falcons have the best record in the NFC at 13-3 and they will have the home-field edge throughout the NFC playoffs. Atlanta was 7-1 at home this season and 10-2 against the NFC. Atlanta has appeared in one Super Bowl, but lost in 1998.

    The Steelers are 12-4 on the season and will have the No. 2 seed in the AFC. The Steelers are just 5-3 at home this season, but 7-1 on the road. They finished 9-3 against AFC opponents. The Steelers have appeared in 7 Super Bowls and have won an NFL-best six Super Bowl titles.

    For complete odds to win Super Bowl XLV, see below.

    Odds to win Super Bowl XLV

    New England Patriots 13/10

    Atlanta Falcons 5/1

    Pittsburgh Steelers 5/1

    Chicago Bears 10/1

    Green Bay Packers 10/1

    New Orleans Saints 12/1

    Philadelphia Eagles 12/1

    Baltimore Ravens 15/1

    Indianapolis Colts 18/1

    New York Jets 25/1

    Kansas City Chiefs 40/1

    Seattle Seahawks 150/1

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    I like the Steelers chances more now than 6 weeks ago. If they are just peaking now, I wouldn't want to be one of the next 3 victims.
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    Harris: Steelers never tire of success

    By John Harris, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Tuesday, January 4, 2011



    Good day, Pittsburgh: Bet you didn't know the most underrated team in football plays in your backyard.

    This year's 12-4 Steelers fooled us all. Fooled me. Fooled you. Fooled everybody but those 53 players, coaches, front-office staff and owners.

    The running joke in the press box before Sunday's final regular-season game was concern about reporters being forced to spend the upcoming weekend in Kansas City if the Steelers somehow lost to Cleveland.

    After disposing of the Browns with a dominating performance, the Steelers hoisted their second AFC North flag in three years.

    Yes, the Steelers -- with their no-name defense whose starters are supposedly too old, and whose offensive linemen who supposedly can't block -- are the No. 2 seed in the AFC.

    The geriatric Steelers lead the league in run defense and are second in total defense. And quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn't get killed playing behind that offensive line.

    "The only people that thought it was a problem, really, were (the media) and the fans," Roethlisberger scolded after the 41-9 blowout win over the Browns.

    Coach Mike Tomlin is winning with a cast of star players the likes of which the NFL has rarely witnessed.

    The Steelers continue to win with a core group of players who are two playoff wins removed from appearing in their third Super Bowl in six years.

    In another city not spoiled by their team winning four Super Bowls during the 1970s, these Steelers wouldn't have been doubted two years after winning Super Bowl XLIII, and five years removed from winning Super Bowl XL.

    They would have been described as a championship team catching its second wind.

    Instead, these Steelers were considered too flawed, too injured and too old entering this season.

    "The people of Pittsburgh are the best fans in the world," said former NFL executive Gil Brandt, who won two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys. "I think sometimes they have to understand you can't be perfect at every position and have a continuation of success like they had (since) Roethlisberger came along."

    Brandt, who contributes to NFL.com and whose opinions are heard regularly on the Sirius NFL Network, makes a valid point. The Steelers were able to draft Roethlisberger only because they finished 6-10 in 2003 -- their last season with a losing record. The Steelers have missed the playoffs twice in Roethlisberger's seven seasons.

    In the two years they didn't qualify for the postseason, the Steelers were 8-8 in 2006 -- Bill Cowher's final season -- and 9-7 in 2009.

    Putting last season in perspective, the Steelers shook up their coaching staff after not making the playoffs, while the New York Jets advanced to the AFC Championship Game despite finishing the regular season with an identical 9-7 record.

    Nobody expects more from the Steelers than their own players.

    "Do I like my team's chances now? I've been liking my team's chances all the time," said Mike Wallace, a confident second-year wide receiver who has gone on record as saying there isn't a defensive back in the league he can't beat one-on-one. "With the group of guys that we have, we go to work every day. We work hard every day. I don't see a day where anybody takes off from work."

    The Steelers pride themselves in putting team goals ahead of individual glory. The front office purposely targets draft picks and free agents who excel in a team concept.

    That's why you saw nose tackle Casey Hampton, defensive end Brett Keisel and cornerback Ike Taylor play selflessly this season so that inside linebackers Lawrence Timmons and James Farrior could rack up tackles, outside linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley could sack quarterbacks and safety Troy Polamalu could free-lance and make plays.

    "You're never going to see us on 'Hard Knocks,' " said safety Ryan Clark, referring to the HBO show that featured the Jets before the start of the season. "We're not going to be the team that's seen. We have a team of football players.

    "There's no TV stars here. We have one guy in here with a commercial (Polamalu), and that's just because he has nice hair. This organization is about winning championships."

    Yes, it is.

    And if the Steelers win another Super Bowl this season, or if they don't win it all but come close, don't complain or criticize. Appreciate the Steelers for what they've been for a long time:

    About as good as it gets.

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    In the 41 seasons since the merger,the Steelers have won 20 division titles. That breaks down to almost one every other season,which is simply amazing. To achieve this you have to have alot of people doing things right from top to bottom for alot of years.
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    Steelers embrace bye week

    By Mark Kaboly, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Thursday, January 6, 2011



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    Good bye or not?

    Since the NFL went to its current divisional setup in 2002, five times a team not receiving a first-round bye advanced to the Super Bowl. Three won the championship

    2003 - Carolina (NFC 3rd seed, lost to New England in SB XXXVIII)

    2005 - Steelers (AFC 6th seed, beat Seattle in SB XL)

    2006 - Indianapolis (AFC 3rd seed, beat Chicago in SB XLI)

    2007 - N.Y. Giants (NFC 5th seed, beat New England in SB XLII)

    2008 - Arizona (NFC 4th seed, lost to Steelers in SB XLIII)

    For Ben Roethlisberger, it's a been-there, done-that situation.

    Five years ago, the Steelers took the path of most resistance in claiming the Super Bowl XL title. The Steelers won three consecutive road playoff games before beating Seattle to claim their fifth world title.

    Two years ago, they took the path of least resistance a first-round bye and two home playoff games before winning Super Bowl XLIII.

    "Either way is fine for me if you are winning Super Bowls," safety Troy Polamalu said.

    The Steelers will try the easier path again this year with the AFC's No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. They will play Jan. 15 in the divisional round against Kansas City, Indianapolis or Baltimore.

    "You get an easier path to the Super Bowl," Wide receiver Hines Ward said. "That is the reward for getting the bye week."

    That may have been the case in the past, but recently it has proven that it doesn't make much difference if a team gets a bye. Without one, a team still has decent odds of advancing to the Super Bowl.

    In four of the past five years, a team that played on wild-card weekend has advanced to the Super Bowl. Three times that team has won the Super Bowl.

    That's a big contrast from the early days of the current NFL playoff format. When the league went to two first-round byes in each conference in 1990, 16 of the 18 teams not playing the opening weekend eventually advanced to the Super Bowl.

    The Steelers have done it both ways.

    "The first Super Bowl we won, it would've hurt us if we had a bye week because we were in such a rhythm and such a focus," Polamalu said. "The second time, it would've been irrelevant because we were playing so well."

    The Steelers historically have played well in the divisional round after getting a first-round bye. They are 6-1 lifetime, winning six in a row since a 1992 loss to Buffalo, 24-3, in a divisional round game at Three Rivers Stadium.

    "It probably depends on if you have done it before," Roethlisberger said. "If you have been there, is your team a veteran group, have they been to the playoffs, have they not? We have an older group, a veteran group, and I think this is the best thing for us to let some of those guys get rested and healthy."

    The Steelers are approaching the bye week as a reward and a chance to get healthy. Mike Tomlin has given days off to veterans such as Flozell Adams, James Farrior, Ward and Polamalu.

    "It's great to have a bye week," Ward said "To be able to get that chance of sit back and get guys healthy ... you can sit back and watch the other four teams beat up on each other."

    That's exactly what the Steelers did two years ago when they were the No. 2 seed. The Steelers played Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game and took on a fatigued Ravens team that had played 17 consecutive games before the title game because of a scheduling conflict that forced a Week 2 game in Houston to be postponed, thus making it their bye week.

    The Steelers won the AFC title game, 23-14, and claimed Super Bowl XLIII two weeks later.

    "That made a whole difference," Polamalu said.

    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_716814.html

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