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After opening as underdogs, Broncos now slight Super Bowl favorites


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

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 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.

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40 Responses to “After opening as underdogs, Broncos now slight Super Bowl favorites”
  1. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 19, 2014 10:44 PM

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

    broncos 34
    seahawks 20

  2. thestp says: Jan 19, 2014 10:48 PM

    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. skinsfan4 says: Jan 19, 2014 10:55 PM

    I believe you meant the “Dolphins completing their unbeaten season against Washington”.

  4. ningenito78 says: Jan 19, 2014 10:59 PM

    The Dolphins completed the perfect season against Miami? NOW it makes sense….

  5. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Jan 19, 2014 11:00 PM

    Go Broncos.

  6. rascalmanny says: Jan 19, 2014 11:06 PM

    I hope Manning wins and then retires. Go out on top.

  7. siknutty says: Jan 19, 2014 11:08 PM

    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.

  8. kd75 says: Jan 19, 2014 11:09 PM

    Over/Under is 47

  9. midjerseyfatcat says: Jan 19, 2014 11:13 PM

    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”.

  10. keepitsimplestoopid says: Jan 19, 2014 11:24 PM

    “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.”

  11. robgilman says: Jan 19, 2014 11:24 PM

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

    The Dolphins beat themselves?

  12. orxc08 says: Jan 19, 2014 11:26 PM

    Wow, I didn’t know that the Dolphins played Miami in the Super Bowl.

  13. sclobernocker47 says: Jan 19, 2014 11:30 PM

    Dolphins beat themselves and managed to remain undefeated…

  14. clarkisgod says: Jan 19, 2014 11:41 PM

    The Dolphins completing their unbeaten season against Miami in Super Bowl VII.

    No wonder they didn’t lose

  15. newenglandsports11 says: Jan 19, 2014 11:57 PM

    We’ll everyone on this forum loves Denver so much so I’m sure they will be thrilled!

  16. bobman2 says: Jan 20, 2014 12:02 AM

    “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….

  17. raiders85 says: Jan 20, 2014 12:06 AM


  18. Canyonero says: Jan 20, 2014 12:18 AM

    I forgot about that legendary Super Bowl when the Dolphins beat Miami

  19. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 20, 2014 12:27 AM

    Might change again if Harvin plays.

  20. staffordsyear says: Jan 20, 2014 1:04 AM

    Im rooting for the Broncos.

  21. contra74isloosbuthole says: Jan 20, 2014 1:16 AM

    Are they for real? I hate the Seahawks but Manning and the AFC have not seen a defense like that this year. Seahawks or the 49ers by ten with ease.

  22. mrwalterisgod says: Jan 20, 2014 2:13 AM

    Broncos = finesse

    Seahawks= world beaters.

  23. dino2997 says: Jan 20, 2014 2:26 AM

    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.

  24. lasredchris says: Jan 20, 2014 2:42 AM

    This is our time. We will march to our first franchise super bowl and shut up our sorry ass haters like pft poet

  25. seattlenative57 says: Jan 20, 2014 3:01 AM

    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!

  26. joewilliesshnoz says: Jan 20, 2014 6:25 AM

    27 – 19 Bronco’s.

  27. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 20, 2014 6:32 AM

    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

  28. starderup says: Jan 20, 2014 7:54 AM

    “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?????

  29. musicman495 says: Jan 20, 2014 8:19 AM

    Uh, I am pretty sure the Dolphins completed their unbeaten season against Washington, not Miami, in Super Bowl VII.

  30. 1zxcvbnm says: Jan 20, 2014 8:26 AM

    This must have been more like a scrimmage. Very boring.

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

  31. turtlehut says: Jan 20, 2014 9:05 AM

    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)

  32. marauder6 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:56 AM

    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.

  33. midjerseyfatcat says: Jan 20, 2014 10:26 AM

    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.

  34. voyager6 says: Jan 20, 2014 4:49 PM

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

  35. hawkman2014 says: Jan 21, 2014 7:58 AM

    Seahawks D will hunt Manning down. Russell is the man. Lynch, Harvin, Tate will be trouble for the ponies.

  36. sargeantteran says: Jan 21, 2014 1:25 PM

    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.

  37. jeffscoop80 says: Jan 25, 2014 3:23 PM

    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?

  38. jeffscoop80 says: Jan 25, 2014 3:28 PM

    Oh..that was Superbowl XII I was
    referring to. Tried to be a smartass and
    it backfired. lol

  39. jeffscoop80 says: Jan 25, 2014 3:32 PM

    Nevermind. Dallas beat the Cowboys
    in Superbowl XII. Forget I brought it

  40. jeffscoop80 says: Jan 25, 2014 3:45 PM

    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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