The 2014 Super Bowl is approaching fast—Sunday, Feb. 2—and the excitement surrounding the biggest NFL game of the year between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos has the predictions flying.
Everyone is trying to project the final score, but the people most interested in this knowledge are those looking to place a wager on the game. Bettors need to calculate a final score in order to decide how to place a wager on the spread and the over/under.
Here is all the vital viewing and betting information for Super Bowl XLVIII and how gamblers should handle this year’s wagers.
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2
Kickoff Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Predicted Final Score: Denver 31, Seattle 24
|Seattle Seahawks||+3 (-115)||+115||Over 47 (-105)|
|Denver Broncos||-3 (-105)||-135||Under 47 (-115)|
How to Bet the Point Spread
With the Broncos giving up three points right away, bettors have started to worry that the tenacious Seahawks are not only covering the spread, but will also win this game outright.
There is always a chance that Seattle’s vaunted secondary shuts down Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, but with the sheer number of weapons on the Broncos offense, there will be plenty of opportunities to put the Seahawks back on their heels.
The pass attack of the Broncos boasts talented wide receivers Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker, and as stingy as Seattle has been—the team only allowed 16 passing touchdowns during the regular season—Manning will eventually find the open man.
Denver’s defense isn’t the best in the NFL, but with a strong run defense and a secondary that has stepped up in the postseason, the franchise should be able to mount enough of a stance defensively to give Manning the chance to walk away with the game.
Even if the Broncos only win by three points, it’s a push and you’ll get your money back. No harm, no foul.
Prediction: Denver (-3) wins by seven points.
How to Bet the Over/Under
The over/under bet is 47 points, and this is a much easier wager to take than the spread. While picking a winner may be tough for fans, taking the over should be an easy decision.
Despite Seattle’s No. 1 overall defensive unit allowing only 32 points in two games this postseason, Denver’s offense racked up an astounding 457.3 yards per game and a record-breaking 606 points during the regular season.
Who ya got?
The Broncos will inevitably rack points up against the Seahawks defense, but Seattle won’t go down without a fight. Denver may have only allowed 129 yards rushing all postseason, but the defense hasn’t faced a powerful back like Marshawn Lynch yet.
Lynch has amassed 50 carries and managed to rack up 249 yards and three touchdowns. While the lackluster passing attack led by Russell Wilson’s inconsistency will ultimately doom the Seahawks, Lynch will help Seattle put points on the board.
There is little doubt that the final score will be over 47 combined points.
Prediction: Over (55 points)
*All stats via NFL.com.