Steelers the early Vegas favorite to win Super Bowl

LAS VEGAS -- Oddsmakers are betting the Bus will keep
rolling through Motown.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jerome "The Bus" Bettis, their
bruising 13-year veteran NFL running back, emerged as 3½- to
4-point favorites Sunday as Las Vegas sportsbooks picked the
Steelers to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

"Seattle's going to have their hands full," Bob Scucci,
sportsbook director at the Stardust, said after Pittsburgh's 34-17
win over the Denver Broncos. Scucci made the AFC champion Steelers
4-point favorites even before the Seahawks finished off the
Carolina Panthers, 34-14, in the NFC title game.

The teams will meet Feb. 5 in Detroit.

"Seattle was expected to win," Scucci said. "Pittsburgh went
through the one, two, and three seeds, and a lot of people think
the AFC from top-to-bottom was a lot better conference than the

Las Vegas Sports Consultants and Jay Kornegay, race and
sportsbook director at the Las Vegas Hilton, also made the Steelers
4-point favorites, with the over-under line set between 47½ and 49
points. The over-under lets bettors put money on whether the teams
combine to score more or less than that amount. Initial odds often
change as bookmakers weigh the money bettors put on one team or the

Robert Walker, sportsbook director for 13 MGM Mirage casinos in
Nevada, cited Pittsburgh's victories over the Cincinnati Bengals,
Indianapolis Colts and the Broncos to get to the NFL championship.

He made the Steelers 3½ point favorites in what he called "an
intriguing matchup," and set the over-under line at 47½.

"It's fun to have a couple of new teams in for a change,"
Walker said. "Seattle's fun to watch, and Pittsburgh was