Super Bowl Point Spread: Baltimore Ravens Looking to Prove Oddsmakers Wrong

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 30:  Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens addresses the media during Super Bowl XLVII Media Availability at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on January 30, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Ravens will take on the San Francisco 49ers on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Ravens are looking to prove oddsmakers wrong when they go up against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Sunday.

According to, the 49ers are favored by four points. If recent history tells us anything, the Ravens are in great position to come out on top.

Of the previous five Super Bowls, the underdog has won three times.  The lower seed has also won each of the past five Super Bowls, so the Ravens have history on their side.

While past games won't have any impact on Sunday's game, those results show that oddsmakers tend to overrate the higher seed. 

For starters, Baltimore's defense is tied with the Cincinnati Bengals for fewest points per game (19) allowed in the postseason, according to All three teams they have faced in the postseason were ranked in the top 10 in total offense. They also faced the two highest-scoring teams in the NFL and won.

The Ravens were underdogs by at least one touchdown in against the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, but they came out on top. With less than a minute to go against the Broncos, quarterback Joe Flacco hit Jacoby Jones for a 70-yard touchdown to tie the game. That's a moment that makes fans believe this team is destined to win it all.

Linebacker Ray Lewis is playing in the final game of his career. His team doesn't need any extra motivation to play hard, but it will be one last chance for the defense to show how great they can be.

It could also be the final game with the team for safety Ed Reed. Two legends are nearing the end of their careers, and this could be their last shots at a title.

Oddsmakers have been caught up in all of the hype for San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The man has been sensational in the postseason. However, Baltimore has an experienced defense that will be ready to stop him.

The 49ers have fallen behind early in each of their previous four games, including 17-0 against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. If they fall behind early against the Ravens, good luck coming back against that defense.

Enough about the defense. The offense has put up at least 24 points in every postseason game in 2013. Flacco has outscored Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on the road. He is on a mission right now.

He also just has too many weapons to work with. Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith are explosive players and will be tough to stop.

There's too much going for the Ravens right now to pick against them. Making them four-point underdogs is good bulletin board material though. 

Super Bowl XLVII features two teams with explosive offenses and good defenses. In the end, the Ravens will be looking to finish an unbelievable postseason run with a Super Bowl title.

(And this may be the first Super Bowl XLVII article that doesn't go into detail about Jim and John Harbaugh.)