Check out Episode 3 of Sports Interaction’s Defying the Odds podcast to help you get ready for the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl Betting odds:
Denver was set at -2 at the opening pointspread with Super Bowl XLVIII’s total at 47.5. The odds quickly moved to -2.5 and then to -3 before coming down to -2 again by Friday, Jan. 31. The total dropped to 47, but then returned to its opening number of 47.5.
Against the spread:
Denver was 10-5-1 against the spread in the regular season and is 1-1 ATS in the postseason.
Seattle was 11-5 against the spread in the regular season and is 1-1 ATS in the postseason.
Denver played over the total in 11 of 16 regular season games. Both of the Broncos’ playoff games this year played under.
Seattle played under in 10 of 16 regular season games. The Seahawks played under in their two playoff games.
Peyton Manning rewrote the history books with a fantastic season. Denver had the No. 1 overall offence in the league, averaging 457 total yards and 37.9 points per game. Peyton Manning fired 55 touchdown passes and Denver allowed only 20 quarterback sacks during the regular season. Denver kicker Matt Prater set an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal in Week 14.
Seattle ranked No. 17 in the league in total offence and averaged 26.1 points per game (ninth in the NFL). Behind Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks averaged 136.8 yards per game on the ground while the club ranked No. 26 in passing (202 yards per contest). Seattle gets a major boost with Percy Harvin reportedly set to play at 100 percent for the first time this season.
Denver’s defence struggled at times this season and ended up allowing 24.9 points per game. On the plus side, the Broncos held its opposition to a little over 101 points per contest. Denver forced 26 turnovers (tied for 16th).
Seattle owns the most physical secondary in the league and is generally regarded as the hardest-hitting team in the league. The Seahawks ranked first in total yards against, passing yards against, points scored against and overall turnovers (39).
Notes and trends:
Both Denver and Seattle have played under the total in five straight games.
Denver has held its opposition to 17 or fewer points in four straight games.
The Seahawks haven’t played a road game since Week 15, when they shut out the Giants 23-0 in New York
Peyton Manning has thrown at least two touchdowns in 18 of 19 games overall this season.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson hasn’t thrown for more than one touchdown in a game since Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints.