Anticipation for Super Bowl XLVIII is mounting and building more and more by the day, and betting lines are constantly changing in preparation for the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks showdown.
There's no telling what will happen in New York on Super Bowl Sunday, as Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense that has set all sorts of records in 2013 will go up against the Seahawks' scary secondary. It will be the clash of two of the best units on each respective side of the ball, and the New York wild-card weather will only make it more incredible.
Las Vegas has taken its best stab at predicting the game, but there's much more into betting on the Super Bowl festivities. Let's break it all down.
Note: All odds, lines and prop bets are courtesy of Bovada
When: Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Live Stream: FoxSports.com
Spread: Broncos (-3)
Money Line: Seattle (+115), Denver (-135)
The Seahawks have been the favorites virtually all season, no matter who they play, and will head into uncharted territory as three-point underdogs in the Super Bowl.
Both teams finished 2013 with identical 13-3 records and a shockingly similar amount of attention, but Manning's Broncos have been the more impressive team in the postseason. Wins over San Diego and New England were much more competitive on the scoreboard than on the field, while Seattle had to come from behind in the NFC title game.
The over/under of 47 is an important number to note. That's high for a game featuring Seattle's defense but also shockingly low for a game featuring the Denver Broncos.
If it turns into a shootout between Manning and Russell Wilson, that over/under of 47 could be shredded by halftime.
That number may also be affected by the cold weather likely for the game, which Manning elaborated on and related to his recent neck injury, via DenverBroncos.com:
I think any time coming off an injury like I had, the more situations you can face, whether two-minute drills, third-and-1s, fourth-and-1s, I needed to face different circumstances with my new surroundings, with my new physical state. In two years, I feel like we've seen a lot as far as on-the-field situations -- weather, crowd noise, you name it with this team. So I do feel comfortable.
There are also listings available for likeliest player to take home the game's MVP award, as listed below:
|Super Bowl MVP Odds (as of Jan. 27)|
Manning is the money pick, with insane 11/10 odds of being the guy. Considering he's nearly a lock if the Broncos win, it is far from surprising that he's the big favorite.
The next three picks are all on Seattle, serving as the top trio if you were betting on the Seahawks. Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin all trail Manning with much smaller odds of being the game's most valuable player.
In such a quarterback-dominated league, anyone other than Manning or Wilson winning the award when it's all said and done would be a big surprise.