Super Bowl 2014 Odds: Las Vegas Lines, Spread Info and Prop Bets

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2014

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JAN. 25-26 - In this Jan. 19, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning loosens up before the AFC Championship NFL playoff football game against New England Patriots in Denver. When he faces the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday, Manning can become the first starting quarterback to win the Super Bowl with two franchises. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
Jack Dempsey/Associated Press

In predictable fashion, the NFL's two most dominant forces in the regular season have advanced to Super Bowl XLVIII, where Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will face Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.  

Bettors face a tall task as a result. Manning leads the NFL's No. 1 offense, which will take on shutdown cornerback Richard Sherman and the league's No. 1 defense. ESPN captures the magnitude of the contrasting styles best:

While a heavyweight bout for the ages, the NFL could not have produced a more difficult matchup in terms of odds, lines and wacky prop bets.


When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:25 p.m. ET

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

TV: Fox

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Super Bowl 2014 Betting Information
Team Spread Money Line Over/Under
Seattle Seahawks +3+120(-105)o
Denver Broncos -3-140(-115)u


Top 2014 Super Bowl Prop Bets
Bet Odds
Coin Flip Heads (50), Tails (50)
Over/Under 47
Halftime Over/Under24
Halftime Score Broncos (-0.5)

Note: Full list of odds and prop bets can be found at


Breakdown of Odds

Coin Flip

Believe it or not, a bet on the outcome of the coin flip is actually one of the more sane bets for fans this year. 

There are bets on mistakes in the National Anthem, whether or not the singer wears gloves, Knowshon Moreno crying during the song (bet yes), and even how many times Manning will say his infamous word, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

So no, a bet on the coin flip is not strange and actually represents some solid odds in a game ripe with pitfalls for bettors. For those who want to cash in before the game even kicks off, the flip is the way to go.


Halftime Over/Under and Score

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 19:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks drops back against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The line and total here is extremely conservative for good reason. As much as it looks like Manning can use weapons such as Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas to break this one open early, that simply may not come to fruition.

The Seahawks defense, outside of a sexy No. 1 rank against the pass, does well when it comes to applying pressure on signal-callers (stay away from any bets about Manning getting sacked, though):

Seattle has not exactly been scoring in bunches as of late. Now Wilson and the Seattle offense has to deal with a suddenly adept Denver defense that has allowed just 15 points per game in its last four.

Expect both sides to feel each other out in the first half before things open up after the break.



Overall, this one has the makings of a defensive struggle, especially if weather ends up being a factor. Manning will not simply bully his way to a win through the air in torrid conditions. Per AccuWeather, there is a chance of snow and rain.

This is especially the case with Manning's weak point this season being the only space Sherman occupies:

Seattle will not post many points overall, either. Wilson has struggled as of late and was simply good enough in the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers, where he threw for 215 yards and a score.

Wilson understands that the Denver defense is no slouch, as he told the media, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times:

Well their defensive front is very strong. You think about number 94 [Terrence Knighton], he’s Knighton I think that’s how you say it. He’s just a very physical football player, he causes havoc and he can do a lot of things and same with the rest of their guys. So I think the biggest thing for us is staying on schedule, being very physical at the point of attack, and when we throw the football, try to come up with some explosive plays but also making sure that we’re getting first downs and doing a great job on third down. 

The low total here confirms that all signs point to a defensive struggle susceptible to foul weather, which will ground both passing attacks.



DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19:   Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos runs off the field against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Kevin C. Co
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

A bet against Peyton Manning is a silly one.

Manning is cerebral enough to know where Sherman is at all times (not that the star corner mixes it up often) and will avoid him at all costs, unlike 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

At some point, Manning will find a crack in the Seattle defense and take advantage with his seemingly unlimited amount of weapons. As RJ Bell of details, the majority are content to ride with Manning:

That would be the smart move. But the lines are close for a reason—fans cannot be truly faulted for going one way or another with such an evenly matched game set to conclude the season.


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