In a stunning development, the Green Bay Packers have been installed as a +165 moneyline favorite to repeat as champions in the latest 2012 Super Bowl Odds. Yes, the same Packers who posted a 15-1 record during the regular season while averaging a league best 35 points per game are expected to earn another Lombardi Trophy. Despite those impressive numbers and big expectations, some are feeling a bit nervous about Green Bay’s first 2012 post-season contest, a rematch with a Giants team peaking at just the right time.
So, why might the Packer faithful be uneasy about this weekend’s game? Could it have anything to do with a similar New York team upsetting a heavily favored Green Bay squad 23-20 in the 2007 NFC Championship Game at Lambeau?
That painful memory almost certainly adds an air of trepidation to America’s pro football Mecca, but if Head Coach Mike McCarthy is concerned his doubts probably stem from the Packers woeful defense. The 411.6 yards per game that Green Bay is giving up is an NFL worst.
The reasons McCarthy might feel inclined to sponge that number and any resulting anxiety from his mind? Well, the list is long but its starts with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers, last year’s Super Bowl MVP, threw for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns and he did not even play in the team’s regular season finale. His 122.5 passer rating was tops in the league and his 68.3 completion percentage trailed only the Saints Drew Brees.
Rodgers is the chief reason for Green Bay and its backers to feel confident in another title run, but he is not the only one. Despite the huge amount of yardage the Packers defense gives up, it does a decent job of keeping teams out of the end zone. Green Bay ranks 14th in the league in points per game allowed (22.4) and it is +24 in turnover margin. Opportunistic play often serves as the great equalizer for leaky defenses and it certainly does in the case of this year’s Green Bay squad.
The Packers also welcome all NFC challengers to Lambeau where they are 8-0 on the season and defeating visitors by an average of 18.8 points per game.
There may be more eye popping lines on the Super Bowl Odds board, but +165 still provides a positive return and on a team that has as good a chance as any of bringing home some championship hardware.
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Green Bay Packers 2012 Super Bowl Odds: Provided by TopBet.com
Odds to win the 2012 NFC Championship -145
Odds to win the 2012 Super Bowl +165