It’s not the Super Bowl, but if you listen to the hype and look at the sportsbook prop lists, you’d think it was.
Oddsmakers expect Rodgers to put the ball in the air regularly Thursday night, with the betting line on his total passing yards set at 272.5. He's favored to throw over 1.5 touchdowns, with moneyline odds of 2-3.
But despite the anticipation of an air show by Rodgers, it is the Seahawks who are favored to score first in the game, with odds of 2-3. The Seahawks are also expected to score more often on Thursday, with odds of 4-7 saying they will score over 2.5 TDs. The Packers are a 6-5 long shot to do the same.
The betting line on total passing yards by Seahawks QB Russell Wilson falls well short of Rodgers, at 229.5, but Lynch is expected to pick up the slack on the ground. Oddsmakers favor the Seattle running back to accumulate over 82.5 rushing yards, with odds of 10-13.
Lynch is also pegged as a 5-2 favorite to score the Seahawks’ first TD in the game on Thursday, followed by wide receiver Percy Harvin at 4-1, and a 5-1 bet to score the first TD of the game.
Both Lacy and Nelson are expected to be regular deep targets for Rodgers on Thursday night. The betting line on total receptions by each of the Packers’ wideouts is set at 5, with Cobb pegged as a 10-13 favorite to top that number.
Oh, and the point spread? It was a six-point spread favoring the defending champs earlier Thursday. Of note, only two of the past 20 Super Bowl winners failed to win their Week 1 match the following season, according to Odds Shark.
Stats, odds courtesy of Odds Shark.