Bettors have been putting a lot of cash on the Ravens' moneyline, meaning they believe (or hope) they will win the game outright as 3.5-point underdogs.
There is plenty of reason for that cautious optimism.
These Ravens are no fly-by-night outfit. This group has made the playoffs five straight seasons, winning six playoff games on the road over that span. So they're no strangers to big games and tough situations.
And while some naysayers point to their advanced age, the Baltimore defense is experienced and stout.
Flacco Handles the Flack
Baltimore can win this Super Bowl because QB Joe Flacco is 62-30 as an NFL starter, including 8-4 in the playoffs. He's also coming off one of his finest performances as a pro, throwing three touchdown passes on a windy day at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship Game.
He is one of just six QBs in NFL playoff history to have thrown at least eight TDs and zero interceptions. The other five happened to have won the Super Bowl MVP award (where he ranks second at 11/4 in current odds, according to Bovada.com).
Niners starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick is operating with a total of nine NFL starts under his belt.
Baltimore can win the Super Bowl because of the powerful force known as momentum. Ask yourself which was the tougher playoff road: Beating, as San Francisco did, Green Bay at home, then Atlanta on the road, or beating the Colts on Wild Card Weekend, the Broncos in Denver and the Patriots in Foxboro?
Baltimore may have lost four of its last five regular-season games, but that's now ancient history. The Ravens are on a roll. If they can defeat Peyton Manning on his home turf and Tom Brady on his home turf, why not Kaepernick in a neutral setting?
Underdogs Bite Hard
In the past 11 Super Bowls, underdogs are 8-3 ATS, according to one list of fun Super Bowl facts and betting tips.
Team of Destiny
Can you handicap destiny? Probably not, but it seems like the Ray Lewis pre-retirement announcement was a genius move. While emotion can work both for and against a team, Baltimore can win this Super Bowl because of LB Ray Lewis, and the fire he'll light under his team for his last game.
The Camel Said So...
Princess the Camel at a zoo in New Jersey picked the Baltimore Ravens. She is reportedly 7-1 in the past eight Super Bowls. Take that advice will a camel-sized grain of salt.
Baltimore backers are pleasantly surprised they're getting points with their Super Bowl wagers. Many are probably thinking the oddsmakers are chalking the wrong team.
All stats, trends and odds courtesy of OddsShark.com.
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