The 2014 Super Bowl favors the Denver Broncos by -2 points over the Seattle Seahawks, in a classic offense-vs.-defense showdown. The total has been set at 47.5 points, which is close to the average number of points scored in an NFL game. Denver games have gone under the total five straight times, and the under bettors have hit the jackpot on the Seahawks in seven consecutive games. If the wind is blowing at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, expect a low scoring game. Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (concussion) is expected to be available to play in the Super Bowl as well as Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (chest). Below is a preview for the big game and be sure to check out all Super Bowl Betting Odds before game time.
Denver’s passing game is dependent on decent weather, and the Seahawks can take some comfort in the extended forecast. Weather in New Jersey, on Feb 2nd, is calling for a high of 35 and low of 19 degrees, with a mix of snow and rain. Rain at those temps often translates into ice. And in that type of weather, Manning has often played like a wildebeest with a sprained ankle. Cold wet weather will favor the team with the best ground game, which will be Marshawn Lynch’s Seahawks.
If there’s a silver lining, it’s that stopping the run has been a strength in Denver all season. The Broncos were seventh in the NFL against the run in 2013, per Pro-Football-Reference, and Denver gave up only 64 yards on the ground in their AFC title game win over the Patriots.
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno was removed from the Sunday, Jan. 19 game against the New England Patriots due to a chest injury. But, with a two-week break until the league’s championship game, it would be surprising if Moreno wasn’t ready to go in New Jersey. During the regular season, Moreno was key in making sure the Broncos, despite having so many weapons in the passing game, weren’t one-dimensional on offense. Appearing in all 16 regular-season games, he totaled 241 carries for 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns, adding another 60 receptions, 548 yards and three scores through the air.
The focal point of the Seattle offense is undoubtedly RB Marshawn Lynch. Whether it’s banging away between the tackles, running in the zone-read or setting up play fakes, the Seahawks go as Lynch goes.
The Seahawks’ defensive front ranks a very respectable seventh in the NFL in pass rushing. The team finished fifth in the NFC with 44 sacks, and while Seattle doesn’t possess a dominant pass-rusher, they do have defensive ends Cliff Avril and Chris Clemons. They must get to Manning and fast. The Patriots, who had more sacks in 2013 than Seattle, were unable to get any sort of pressure in the AFC title game. Giving Manning all day to throw the ball is a bad thing for the Seahawks.
Seattle has only allowed 172 yards per game and 16 touchdowns to opposing passing attacks while racking up 28 interceptions. With Manning playing so well and the Seahawks stopping anything that gets in their way, one of these units will fail to live up to the expectations.
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.