Denver-Seattle was a popular pick to make it to the Super Bowl prior to the regular season, and the two did what they had to do, winning on their home fields to reach the big game in New Jersey. With two weeks to go until the Super Bowl, there will be lots of research to do (not to mention all the great props that Super Bowl Sunday has to offer).
Seattle Seahawks @ Denver Broncos
6:30 PM ET – Sunday, February 2nd
Super Bowl Betting Odds: Broncos -2.5
Super Bowl 48 Total: 47
Moneyline: Broncos -140
The Broncos held the ball for almost 36 minutes in a 26-16 win over New England in the AFC title game, and the story coming into the game was the mastery of New England’s Bill Belichick and Tom Brady over Denver’s Peyton Manning. The Broncos’ QB (who will likely go on to win the MVP award for the fifth time) was 32-of-43 for 400 yards and two touchdowns with no picks, while Brady was 24-of-38 for 277 yards and one touchdown, but missed a few open receivers. The Patriots came back in the fourth quarter to make a game out of it, but quite frankly, the Broncos dominated this game and did what they had to do on their home field after earning a bye for the first week of the playoffs.
In the NFC, the Seahawks won a nasty 23-17 game over their West rivals from San Francisco, and after two meetings this season, the animosity between the two teams wasn’t hard to see. Leading up to the game, during the game and after the game, you could tell that this is probably going to be the best rivalry in the league over the next couple years. While most of the attention after the game went towards Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman’s interview concerning San Francisco’s Michael Crabtree after causing the game-clinching interception, but the 49ers had a total of three turnovers which turned the game on its head and Colin Kaepernick continues to struggle in Seattle. Even though he was 14-of-24 for 153 yards and a touchdown to go with 130 yards on the ground, the three turnovers were on him. On the other hand, Russell Wilson was 16-of-25 for 215 yards and a touchdown, and he had just one turnover on the day.
So, the stage is set for the best offense in the league (Denver) to take on the best defense in the league (Seattle) and specifically, the best secondary. The Broncos have won three of their last five meetings between the two, but the most recent came back in 2010 in Denver and both teams are incredibly different from how they were back then. Denver opened as a one-point Super Bowl betting favorite the day after the championship games, but you will be able to get a better read on the betting line next week when the preparation starts to ramp up. Also, weather could be a factor as the Super Bowl will be held in New Jersey, but these two teams are from the Pacific Northwest, so they should know how to handle a bad-weather game if it comes up.
Early Pick: Broncos -2.5