RJ Bell of Pregame.com and ESPN reported that—as of this writing—Denver is a 2.5-point favorite, but climbing toward 3.0:
20 sportsbooks on my odds screen, #Broncos now favored at EVERY ONE (average: Denver -2 over Seattle)— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) January 20, 2014
Don't be fooled by odds screens showing Bookmaker/CRIS at Seattle -1; that's an error, actual line is Denver -2.5 (-104)— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) January 20, 2014
Sportsbook.ag says over 90% of early betting on #Broncos - driving the move to Denver -3 over Seattle— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) January 20, 2014
How much should DEN be favored by?
It doesn't take a bookkeeper to see why the Broncos are favored over the Seahawks either.
Peyton Manning threw more than twice as many touchdown passes as Russell Wilson in the regular season (55 to 26). Not only did Manning set the single-season record for passing touchdowns, but Denver's offense as a whole also set the scoring record, cementing itself as the best offense in NFL history.
While Broncos receivers Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas all caught at least 10 touchdowns in the regular season, not a single Seahawk caught more than five. No Seahawk surpassed the 900-receiving-yard mark either, compared to Thomas and Decker, who alone combined for 2,718.
Marshawn Lynch vs. Knowshon Moreno is supposed to be the Seahawks' major offensive advantage, but Lynch's 1,573 yards from scrimmage and 14 total touchdowns fail to surpass Moreno's 1,586 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Of course, it's not Seattle's offense, but its defense that must outplay Denver's offense. And no team in the NFL surrendered fewer yards or points than the Seahawks in the regular season.
However, in the playoffs, Seattle allowed a total of 32 points against the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers. That's only two fewer points than the Broncos allowed in the postseason against the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. And the Chargers and Patriots combined for more points this season than the Saints and 49ers did.
Denver's defense flipped the switch when it counted most, and its offense remains scorching and superior. That's why it deserves to be favored over Seattle.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.