A Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl has been hyped since mid-season and oddsmakers made that potential matchup the most likely scenario on their wagering menus before the NFL playoffs began.
Now the Odds Shark prediction computer is on record with picking the same, as it projects the Seahawks will defeat the San Francisco 49ers 30-27 and it likes the Broncos to defeat the New England Patriots 37-33.
“Oddsmakers and computers have these games just about the same as both games would fall right on the number,” said Jack Randall in an interview from OddsShark.com on Thursday. Denver was favored by four points while the host Seahawks were favored by three at most shops monitored by the odds aggregation site.
The computer was 4-0 against the spread on Wild Card Weekend and 4-0 straight up in the divisional playoff round. Last week, the machine was just 2-2 ATS while picking the winners in all four games.
On the season, the computer remains below 50 percent at 122-133-7 ATS. It is more respectable picking winners straight up, with a 164-99 overall mark.
The Seattle pick supports a recent trend that has seen the Seahawks win six straight playoff home games. Seattle is also 8-2 ATS in its past 10 at home against San Francisco and 21-3 straight up in their past 24 games as favorites.
The Denver prediction follows a pattern where the home team has won and covered all three playoff meetings of these teams. The Broncos are also on an 8-3 ATS streak in 11 recent games, while the Patriots have slumped to a 2-7 ATS record in their past nine road games overall.
A Seattle-Denver Super Bowl would pay out at +130 if that matchup materializes after Sunday. A San Francisco-Denver matchup is a second choice as a +275 proposition.
A Seattle-New England championship game is the next most likely scenario according to oddsmakers at +325, while the 49ers versus the Patriots is +500.
AFC Championship Game pick - 37-33 Denver
NFC Championship Game pick - 30-27 Seattle