The Seattle Seahawks remain the favorite to retain their Super Bowl title in 2015, but the Denver Broncos are nipping close at their heels.
The Seahawks destroyed the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl 48 as 2.5-point underdogs, shocking the favored Broncos as well as huge number of bettors backing the chalk side. When the dust settled, oddsmakers picked up the pieces and opened their Super Bowl 2015 odds with the Seahawks and Broncos listed as co-favorites.
That didn’t last long. Soon, early bettors weighed in as Seattle shifted to around +550 as the clear favorite while Denver ballooned to closer to +700. Apart from a few subtle changes, that’s where the odds stood for most of the offseason.
However, with the new season now less than two months away, the Super Bowl 2015 odds are shifting back the other way. Seattle is now a +603 favorite while Denver has closed the distance to +629.
It took a long time for the Broncos to finally watch last year’s loss in the big game as a unit, but offensive coordinator Adam Gase decided it was time before the team took a break before some time off last month.
“For me, I took it as motivation,” Denver right guard Louis Vasquez told reporters about watching the defeat again. “Regardless of the result — even if we had won the Super Bowl, the motivation would have been to duplicate that. But since we didn’t come out on top, it’s something that adds a little more fuel to your fire. Gives you something to think about a little more.”
As if the loss itself wasn’t enough to motivate the Broncos, Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner ruffled feathers with some pointed comments about Denver.
“They looked scared out there,” Wagner told ESPN’s First Take. Nobody wanted to catch the ball. Nobody wanted to come up the middle.”
“If you go out against our defense, you really have to have your head on a swivel because everyone is trying to tackle you,” Wagner added. “If I miss a tackle, somebody else is going to come and clean it up. Everybody is coming after your head.”
Denver gets an early crack at Seattle next month when the two teams meet on Aug. 7 in NFL preseason play. The Broncos also head to Seattle for a Week 3 battle against the Seahawks on Sept. 21.