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Seahawks vs. Broncos: Predictions, Odds and Spread for Super Bowl XLVIII

The Denver Broncos celebrate with the trophy after the AFC Championship NFL playoff football game against the New England Patriots in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 26-16 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 20, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks are preparing to take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, and the odds and betting lines are already starting to be released.

The NFC Championship game didn't disappoint, as the Seahawks came away with a close 23-17 win that was sealed thanks to a tipped pass from Richard Sherman that led to an interception from Malcolm Smith. For the Broncos, Peyton Manning was able to take down his rival, Tom Brady, and the New England Patriots to go to the third Super Bowl of his career.

With the stage set for this year's Super Bowl, let's take a look at the latest betting lines and odds for the big game, followed by a prediction of who will win.

 

Super Bowl Information

Date: Sunday, February 2

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

Start Time: 6:30 p.m. ET

TV: FOX

Live Stream: FoxSports.com

Spread: Seahawks (+1.5) vs. Broncos, according to Bovada.com

 

Odds and Spreads

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks on during warm-ups prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Ke
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The current betting line for the Super Bowl is all over the place, but according to Steve Merril from ProSportsInfo.com, the betting line is somewhere around a 2.5 points in favor of the Broncos.

According to R.J. Bell from Pregame.com, the Super Bowl line opened with the Broncos as a one-point favorite, but with how many people are betting on the Broncos, the betting line is being pushed to Denver being a three-point favorite.

Mike Wilkening from Pro Football Talk had similar things to say about the betting lines. According to him, the Seahawks opened as narrow favorites, but the betting line continues to push toward the Broncos being bigger favorites. Wilkening also noted that only four Super Bowls have featured a team favored by less than a field goal.

As for the over/under for the Super Bowl, Bruce Feldman from CBS Sports tweeted that it was set at 48 total points.

Bovada.com currently has the line for the game with the Broncos as 1.5-point favorites, which is a bit closer than some. Overall, it appears that the consensus is that the Broncos are the favorites but not by much, which means that we could be in for a very exciting game.

 

Prediction

With the league's best offense going against the best defense, it's safe to say that this is going to be yet another tightly contested Super Bowl.

Of course, all eyes are going to be on the matchup between the Denver offense and the Seattle defense. Peyton Manning had the best regular season of any quarterback ever, throwing for 5,477 yards, 55 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a 115.1 passer rating.

Meanwhile, the Legion of Boom allowed just 273.6 total yards and 14.4 points per game. Richard Sherman has been especially dominant, grabbing eight interceptions and holding opposing quarterbacks to a 47.3 passer rating, which was the lowest in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

But the matchup that I think will decide this one is Denver's defensive line going against Marshawn Lynch and Seattle's running game. Terrance Knighton and Co. have been dominant recently, allowing just 129 total rushing yards so far in the postseason, despite playing against running backs like Ryan Mathews and LeGarrette Blount.

I think that the Broncos stop Lynch and force Russell Wilson to make big plays consistently with his arm. Wilson is a great player, but he can't be the only weapon for Seattle on offense, especially when the Seahawks will have to try and keep up with Manning.

Manning will win his second Super Bowl ring this year, and with it he will cement his status as the greatest quarterback ever (or at least be very close to doing so).

Prediction: Broncos 28, Seahawks 27

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