The 2014 Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos is almost impossible to predict. The spread favors the Broncos by -3 points which shows how unsure oddsmakers are as to how this one will play out. It makes sense considering the No. 1 pass offense will meet the No. 1 pass defense. Because of the best offense going up against the best defense, oddsmakers are predicting a low scoring game under the posted 47 point total. Add in the chance for foul weather, and this Super Bowl will be a defensive battle where the highlights come from the running game. Taking the ball out of Peyton Manning’s hands is a recipe the Seahawks will want to follow. Be sure to check out Bovada for all your Super Bowl Betting needs. What are the chances the Seahawks cover or win? Let’s take a look at making the impossible prediction.
Expect the Seahawks to stay on the ground with elite RB Marshawn Lynch. While this seemingly favors Seattle, it is easy to forget that the Broncos have a top-10 defense against the rush. A large chunk of this rank can be accredited to stud DT Terrance Knighton. Seattle QB Russell Wilson is aware of the challenges his team faces. This game will come down to Wilson’s ability to elevate his play, which has been sorely lacking as of late.
“Knighton is a very physical football player, he causes havoc and he can do a lot of things and same with the rest of their guys. So I think the biggest thing for us is staying on schedule, being very physical at the point of attack, and when we throw the football, try to come up with some explosive plays but also making sure that we’re getting first downs and doing a great job on third down”.
Manning and the Broncos are simply too powerful regardless of the weather. When Manning is not using his mind to pick apart the Seattle secondary with weapons like Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker, his committee of backs in Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball will be able to find some room to work against a box that will not be stacked.
While there is something to be said about the elite skills of Seattle CB Richard Sherman, his lack of ever tracking a star receiver around the field will hurt the Seahawks against Manning. Manning is the smartest quarterback to perhaps ever play the game, and he knows to avoid Sherman’s side of the field at all costs. So while Sherman is busy locking down a Julius Thomas or Decker, Demaryius Thomas will have room to operate on the other side of the field.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Denver.
Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Denver is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver’s last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Denver’s last 8 games when playing Seattle
Denver is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games when playing Seattle
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle’s last 5 games
Seattle is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2
Kickoff Time: 6:25 p.m. ET
The Bottom Line: It will be a close game, and Manning won’t throw for 400 yards again, but three touchdown passes (including two to Eric Decker) will be enough for Manning to cap off a career year with a Super Bowl MVP award and his second ring. But, if the weather is cold and wet i’ll take Seattle. We recommend you signup with Bovada to receive a 10% signup bonus heading into the 2014 Super Bowl.