Seahawks vs. Broncos Betting the Spread: Super Bowl Picks

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 6:20 PM GMT

For only the second time in the past 20 seasons, the Super Bowl will feature the No. 1 seed in each conference, as the Denver Broncos face off against the Seattle Seahawks. Let’s take a closer look at the Super Bowl XLVIII point spread for this matchup at MetLife Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 6:25 p.m. ET on FOX.

Plenty of fire power

Denver possesses the top offense in the league, as it averaged 37.9 points and 457.3 yards per game during the regular season, with MVP frontrunner Peyton Manning leading the way.

Manning set single-season NFL records with 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdown passes, while the team has five players score at least 10 touchdowns on the year.

NFL handicappers will find that the team went 3-3 ATS versus teams with a winning record this season.

Quite a stop unit

Seattle counters with the league’s No. 1 stop unit—a group that led all teams in points allowed, passing defense and total defense.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is one of the NFL’s brightest stars, as he led all players with eight interceptions on the year.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise has compiled a 15-8-1 ATS mark with a betting line of +3 to -3.

Super Bowl Picks: Seahawks vs. Broncos Betting Odds Report

Common opponents

It’s important to point out that both teams won four out of five games against common opponents, with each side falling on the short end versus the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Denver earned the AFC’s No. 1 seed and advanced past the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts in the postseason—two teams it played during the regular season.

Seattle comes in with a similar story of being the NFC’s top seed, as it eliminated the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers—two teams it faced off against before reaching the playoffs.

Wilson

All eyes will be on Manning, but Seattle’s Russell Wilson is capable of capturing MVP honors Sunday, as he’s the only signal-caller in league history to post a 100-plus passer rating in both his rookie and second seasons as a professional.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Seahawks in their NFL Super Bowl picks, as I think their ability to tackle and force turnovers on the defensive end will be the difference.

Super Bowl XLVIII Pick:  Seattle Seahawks +3

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