After opening as underdogs, Broncos now slight Super Bowl favorites

AP

It didn’t take long for the first Super Bowl XLVIII point spreads to emerge from the sports books of Nevada, and it’s the AFC-champion Broncos who are getting the early support.

After defeating the 49ers 23-17 on Sunday evening, the Seahawks opened as narrow favorites of 1-to-2 points vs. Denver at multiple Nevada sports books, per Pregame.com.

However, as of this writing, the Broncos are now favored by by 1-to-2.5 points vs. Seattle at the bulk of Nevada books monitored by Pregame.

The Super Bowl usually has a clear favorite. Per VegasInsider.com archives, there have been only four Super Bowls with a favorite of less than a field goal. Two teams have been favored by one point in the Super Bowl, and both won, with the 49ers capturing Super Bowl XVI against Cincinnati and the Dolphins completing their unbeaten season against Miami in Super Bowl VII.

The Seahawks have never been Super Bowl favorites. They were four-point underdogs to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XL, according to Jim Feist point spread archives.

The Broncos, meanwhile, have not been underdogs in a Super Bowl since the 1997 season, when the Packers were favored by 11 points in Super Bowl XXXII, according to Feist records. The Broncos pulled the upset, defeating Green Bay 31-24. The next year, the Broncos were 7.5-point favorites in a 34-19 victory vs. Atlanta in Super Bowl XXXIII.

40 responses to “After opening as underdogs, Broncos now slight Super Bowl favorites

  1. manning is a beast with his shotgun offense. and he has elite wr’s. this game wont be close.

    broncos 34
    seahawks 20

  2. It takes just 30 seconds to proofread your article. I had to read it twice just to make sure you screwed up before I wrote this. People just suck at their jobs these days. Why don’t you take pride in something that will exist forever?

    “…and the Dolphins completing their unbeaten season against Miami …”

    I know, I know, it’s petty. But it happens all the time.

  3. Russell Wilson looked like a deer in headlights all game and was not that impressive. The Seahawks offense is all Lynch, the broncos just have to contain him.

    As far as that vaunted Seahawks defense is concerned; Sherman can take away whatever receiver he covers. We still have 3 other talented receivers to make plays. Denver may not have faced a defense this talented all season, but the Seahawks most certainly have not faced an offense as talented as Denver’s.

  4. It all depends on injuries suffered by both teams. Key players will win the games for you but in the end I believe the Bronco’s will be a 3 1/2 pt. favorite. Manning will not be denied. He is just too good of a player in the “big games”.

  5. “and the Dolphins completing their unbeaten season against Miami in Super Bowl VII.”

    Heh, might want to change that to “against Washington in Super Bowl VII.”

  6. “Dolphins completing their unbeaten season against Miami in Super Bowl VII”…?

    I think that was the Redskins. Although Miami vs Miami seems to be a theme THIS season….

  7. For the point spread to swing that fast means that money was going on the Broncos immediately after a line was instituted. It doesn’t necessarily mean that Vegas thinks one team or another will win.

  8. Broncos have not faced a defense like Hawks all year. Could be a blowout. Manning will face pressure and he has zero mobility. Wilson should benefit against Denver defense with some runs of his own mixed in with some read-option passes.

    Looking forward to a great SuperBowl and Seahawks win.

    Go Hawks!

  9. this sets up much like the 2007 or 2010 super bowls for me – underdog defense against the powwrful offensive machine.
    america loves offense and with rich sherman going apoplectic on poor little erin andrews everyone hates the hawks … take the points and get paid !
    seattle will get pressure with its front four sherman will blanket d thomas and seattle lb/db will rough up the other wr /te ruin the timing of plays.
    peyton will start chucking the ball to keep from getting hit and seattle will win outright.
    especially if moreno is too injured to contribute

  10. “Two teams have been favored by one point in the Super Bowl, and both won, with the 49ers capturing Super Bowl XVI against Cincinnati and the Dolphins completing their unbeaten season against Miami in Super Bowl VII.”
    So Miami lost to the Dolphins?????

  11. With the teams representing the 2 states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana, we should call this the Dooby Bowl and the NFL should get Brewer & Shipley to do our National Anthem (“One Toke Over the Line” for those of you under 60)

  12. This reminds me very much of the #1 Offense Oakland Raiders vs. #1 Defense Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We all know how that game ended. Seahawks will go out there and win a close game but turnovers will doom the Broncos.

  13. The line on the game right now favors the Bronco’s by 3 with the over/under at 48. The line has to move higher with the Bronco’s giving at least 3 1/2. If I bet this game I’ll bet the Bronco’s straight up and stay away from the over/under.

  14. There used to be a penalty for the pick play; it seems almost all Peyton throws now. It is unstoppable under current rules.

  15. With my team out of it I was pulling for Seattle to take it all. Then – Richard freakin’ Sherman. Now I hope Manning shreds them and that Damaryius Thomas uses that big body of his to teach Sherman some manners.

  16. I was just thinking that if the Dolphins
    beat Miami in Superbowl XII and finished
    the season undefeated would they have still
    remained undefeated if they had lost the game?

  17. Last question and I will now leave.
    If Denver and Seattle are both favored
    to win the game by one or two points
    can you make money no matter who
    you bet on?

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