Bet Seahawks vs. Broncos to go 'Under' 47

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 7:29 PM GMT

Super Bowl XLVIII will feature the league’s highest scoring team versus the club that allowed the fewest points, with the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks facing off Sunday.

Let’s take a closer look at the betting total for this AFC vs. NFC matchup at MetLife Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 6:25 p.m. ET on FOX.

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Trending under 

The OVER has gone 11-7 in Denver Broncos’ games since the start of the regular season, but the oddsmakers caught up to their high-scoring ways since mid-December.

NFL handicappers will find that the AFC champions have gone UNDER the betting total in five consecutive contests—despite winning the statistical battle by triple-digit margins in the last four.

Read my Super Bowl Picks on the Spread article here.

Physical football

The Seattle Seahawks is definitely battle tested entering this matchup, considering it captured the NFC West division and advanced to this stage by picking up a hard-fought 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers as four-point home favorites in the championship game on Jan. 19. 

The UNDER is 7-0 in the Seahawks’ last seven overall games—mainly due to possessing the most balanced defensive unit in football

Plenty of weapons 

The Denver Broncos are the first team in NFL history with five players scoring at least 10 touchdowns from scrimmage, while their 606 points scored in 2013 represents a league record as well. 

Denver averaged 37.9 points per game during the regular season—10.1 more than the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots that tied for second place in that statistical category. 

Veteran signal-caller Peyton Manning piloted a unit that scored a touchdown on 35.1 percent of its possessions.

Super Bowl Picks: Seahawks vs. Broncos Betting Odds Report

Get to the quarterback 

The Seahawks are capable of ruining Manning’s quest for a second Super Bowl ring, as defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett don’t have to worry about the threat of a running quarterback in this matchup. 

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has mentioned on numerous occasions that the toughest thing to defense in a football game is a mobile quarterback that knows when to take off. 

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers play the UNDER with their NFL picks, as both teams will implement conservative game plans—stressing the importance of taking care of the football. 

Super Bowl XLVIII Total Pick:  Under 47