Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Odds: For the Arizona Cardinals to win Super Bowl XLIII, there are a number of things that need to happen: they have to get their offense going early and in a good rhythm, they must keep quarterback Kurt Warner clean, they must mix up their passing and running plays well, etc. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, the formula to win their franchise’s 8th NFL Championship is much simpler than that. As a matter of fact, it can even be summed up in one word: Defense!
Champion oddsmakers at SBGglobal.com continue to favor the Pittsburgh Steelers [-7] over the Arizona Cardinals [+7] in Super Bowl XLIII, by at least a touchdown.
Priority for the Steelers is containing Arizona’s wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald. The last time these teams met, in 2007, Fitzgerald took apart the Pittsburgh’s secondary with 10 receptions for 120 yards, en route to a 21-14 Cardinals victory at University of Phoenix Stadium. The OVER/UNDER for Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals has been set at a combined total of 46½ points.
After studying film in preparation for the Super Bowl Odds, Pittsburgh’s secondary has come to the conclusion that, in order to cover Fitzgerald they must be as flexible as possible. "It depends on what situation you're in," Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor said. "If you feel you're in a position to jump with him and maybe get an interception, go get it. If you feel you're in a position where you're with him but you can't (make an interception), bat it down. But if you feel like you're in a position where he's got you, you might just want to wait so that you can try to rake the ball out."
One of the best strong safeties in the game today, Steelers’ Troy Polamalu, went on to admit that he had no idea of the best way to defend against Fitzgerald. Polamalu, who ranked second in the NFL with seven interceptions, also said he hasn't seen anyone else do it, either. "I'm sure (opponents) all have these great game plans for him, but nothing has worked," Polamalu said. "You can cover him, but he's going to out-jump you, he's going to catch the ball, he's going to do everything he can to get the ball. He does a great job of finishing even when the guys are in position to cover him… When you have a guy like Larry Fitzgerald who can out-jump two guys to get the football, there is nothing you can do about that."
Cornerback Ike Taylor had a completely different theory of stopping Fitzgerald and the rest of the Cardinals receivers. "It all starts with Kurt," Taylor said. "Regardless of what anybody wants to say about the receivers, he runs that show, and he's been doing a good job. You can go back to what he did with the Rams, with (Torry) Holt and Isaac Bruce. This is nothing new to him. I'm sure he knows we're going to blitz him. He's going to know our blitz coverages. We've just got to be in position to make a play."