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2014 NFL Super Bowl – Seahawks vs. Broncos Betting Lines

Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos Super Bowl Preview

Start Time: Sunday, February 2nd 2014 at 5:30pm ET
Stadium: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
Station: Watch Live on FOX

Last week turned out to be an easy week, as both favorites ended up cashing in while covering the point spread. This is the first time in awhile that I feel the two best teams have made the Super Bowl and we should be in for one of the best games in a long time.

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2014 Super Bowl Point Spread, Money Line & Over/Under Odds

The point spread opened up at –1 point in favor of the Broncos, but with nearly 75% of the action on Denver to cover we’ve seen the spread jump to –3 points already. The total opened at O/U 47.5 points and moved up quickly, but it’s now back to down 47.5 pts.

How Seattle made it to the Super Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks finished the regular season with a 13-3 record. They lost to the Colts, 49ers and Cardinals only. Seattle rushed for over 2000+ yards. They also had the #1 defense in the NFL and had a turnover margin of +20 after the regular season was over.

In the playoffs the Seahawks have defeated the Saints (23-15) and 49ers (23-17) while covering the spread on both occasions. SF and NO both averaged over 25 PPG this season, but the Seattle defense was able to hold both teams well under their season average.

How Denver made it to the Super Bowl

The Denver Broncos also went 13-3 during the regular season and had the best record in the AFC. Denver won their first six games to start the regular season. They only lost against the Colts, Patriots and Chargers and each of those games finished within a TD.

Everyone was worried about whether or not the Broncos defense would hold up once the playoffs started. They were below average during the regular season, but they’ve been great. Denver beat the Chargers (24-17) and Patriots (26-16) to earn a Super Bowl bid.

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Will the Seahawks or Broncos win the 2014 NFL Super Bowl

The Seahawks defense has been bending, but not breaking during the playoffs. Drew Brees threw for 309 yards on Seattle, but they held the Saints to just 1 passing TD. However, stopping the offensive weapons that the Broncos have will be much tougher.

Demariyus Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas will be difficult to contain. There is no question that the Seahawks have the best secondary in the NFL, but will they be able to keep these four players and Peyton Manning in check?

San Diego held Denver to 230 passing yards while the Patriots were lit up for 400 passing yards. I think we’ll see Manning throw for roughly 300 passing yards against Seattle, but if they don’t get their run game going they won’t end up scoring many touchdowns.

Seattle is going to have to rely heavily on Marshawn Lynch again this week. Lynch already has 50 carries for 249 rushing yards and 3 TD’s during the playoffs. Lynch only has 1 catch out of the backfield and I expect him to be more active in the pass game.

Denver has a solid run-stopping unit, but their secondary has holes that can be exploited. One problem is Russell Wilson hasn’t done well in the playoffs. He has only completed 58.1% of his passes (25/43) for 318 yards and 1 TD. He has also been sacked 7X already.

Broncos vs. Seahawks Predictions

Historically small favorites have done well ATS in the Super Bowl, but I’m taking the Seahawks. Everyone seems to be on Denver due to the struggles of Wilson, but I haven’t been overly impressed with the Broncos offense. It’s not like they’re scoring 40+ pts still.

Seattle’s defense is going to keep them in the game and Wilson will finally get a chance to play a weak secondary. SF and NO both have great passing defenses, but the Broncos definitely don’t and I expect Wilson to have a big game through the air.

Denver will sell out and try to stop Lynch from dominating the game, but that’ll leave Wilson plenty of opportunities to look deep down the field on play action passes. In big games I generally side with the better defense and that won’t be different in the SB.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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