According to the oddsmakers at Bovada, the 2014 Super Bowl will be between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos, on Sunday Feb 2nd, at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The AFC Championship game pits New England against the Broncos, in Denver, where the Broncos are favored by -5.5 points. In the NFC Championship game the Seattle Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers as -3.5 point home favorites. Thus pitting the Seahawks and Broncos in the 2014 Super Bowl (+130). On top of that oddsmakers have the Seahawks as +200 favorites to win their first Super Bowl over the Broncos (+210). Below is my Super Bowl prediction along with the NFL Championship Odds for you to consider.
Both Seattle and Denver play at home on Sunday, where they’ve been dominant. Both teams went 7-1 in front of their fans in the regular season. However, the Seahawks’ record of home dominance stretches back to last year, as well, when Russell Wilson led his team to an undefeated mark. It’s worth noting that the loss came in Week 16 when the Seahawks had all but secured a first-round bye and home-field advantage. A year ago, Peyton Manning’s team was eliminated in a home playoff game.
As one of the top units in the NFL, Seattle has only allowed 14.4 points and 273.6 yards per game to opposing offenses. Add in the 44 sacks, 28 interceptions, 17 forced fumbles and 112 pass deflections, and it’s clear that whichever team the Seahawks play will be dealing with a swarming defense.
Seattle’s passing attack hasn’t lived up to the hype this season, but the elite rushing combination of running back Marshawn Lynch and dual-threat quarterback Russell Wilson has helped the franchise rank fourth in the league on the ground with 136.8 yards per game.
Denver allowed 356 yards and 24.9 points per game during the regular season and still managed to win 13 games. While losing OL Von Miller is a blow to what little defensive pressure the Broncos were getting, the team won with the pass-rushing linebacker out of the lineup before and will do it again. But, with Manning under center, the offense can compensate for the defensive struggles.
The team with the best chance of dethroning the Seahawks before the Super Bowl is San Francisco. After losing to Seattle in Week 2 and starting the season slow, the 49ers have returned to the elite form that brought the franchise to the Super Bowl and finished the season with six straight wins, including a victory over the Seahawks in Week 14. Using the same basic principles as Seattle—a run-first offense and a stingy defense that hits hard—San Francisco has been a longtime thorn in the side of the Seahawks.
The Bottom Line: The Seahawks are the favorites to win it all, but they are the only team with a quarterback who hasn’t played in the big game. Tom Brady leads all active signal callers with five Super Bowl appearances. Manning is 1-1, and Colin Kaepernick lost to the Baltimore Ravens last year in his first try. In Wilson’s rookie campaign, he reached the divisional round of the playoffs. But, I think having Marshawn Lynch is the difference maker. Go Seahawks!We recommend you signup with Sportsbettingonline to receive a 10% signup bonus heading into the 2014 Super Bowl.