Super Bowl 48 is a mere three days away and Denver is holding steady as a small championship favorite. The latest NFL Super Bowl Odds 2014 line from offshore bookmaker 5Dimes has the Broncos listed as a -2 against the spread and -125 money line favorite ($125 wins $100). The total in Sunday's super showdown between the Seahawks and Broncos is set at 48.5 points.
The old adage says defense wins championships, which means the Seahawks, as well as their backers, probably feel good about their chances of taking down the Broncos on Sunday. Seattle owns the league's top ranked defense, in both points (14.4) and yards (273.6) per game allowed, and it has limited its first two playoff opponents to a total of 32 points. So what gives with the line?
Well, offense carries some weight as well and Denver happens to have the NFL's most productive scoring unit. The Broncos led the league with a 37.9 point per game average and its 457.3 yards per game average was also tops in the NFL. More importantly, though, Denver's offense is also paired with a pretty stout defensive unit.
Statistically the Broncos defense was hardly overwhelming during the regular season, giving up 24.9 points and 356 yards per contest, but it has gotten much stingier in recent weeks. Denver has allowed an average of 15 points, 15.8 first downs, and 268.5 yards per game in its last four outings and it currently ranks second in both points and yards per game allowed in these playoffs.
Seattle's offense, which is the weaker link on that team, has produced some fine efforts this season too; however, it, for whatever the reason, has digressed some down the stretch. And right now it appears to be a lesser compliment to the Seahawks defense than the Broncos defense is to Peyton Manning and the Denver offense.
Sunday's game is set to kickoff at 6:25pm ET at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII will be provided by FOX.
Notable Trends: The Broncos are 6-1 straight up and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games playing as a favorite and coming off a game in which they posted 500 or more total yards (courtesy of Dr. Meyer's SDQL).
NFL Super Bowl Odds 2014:
Seattle Seahawks +2 (-110), Over 48.5 (-110), +105 (Moneyline)
Denver Broncos -2 (-110), Under 48.5 (-110), -125 (Moneyline)
Super Bowl 48: Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks
What pro football bettors need to know about betting Super Bowl 48 between Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks on Sunday (2/02/14) -- with insight from Pregame.com's Marco D'Angelo with Ken Thomson and Bryan Leonard.
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