Seahawks vs. Broncos: Examining Super Bowl XLVIII Spread and Top Betting Odds

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2014

The Empire State Building, top, backdrops Roman numerals for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game during sunrise at Pier A Park in Hoboken, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are scheduled to play on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Viewers will have plenty to take in when the Seattle Seahawks clash with the Denver Broncos on Super Bowl Sunday. But bettors will have even more to watch for.

With a massive list of prop bets for Super Bowl XLVIII, bettors will be placing wagers on a lot more than just the result. 

Below we'll take a closer look at the Super Bowl spread and some of the top betting odds for the big game.

Date: Sunday, February 2, 2014

Start Time: 6:30 p.m. ET

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

Watch: FOX

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Spread: Denver (-3), according to Bovada.lv.

Oddsmakers Prefer Offense to Defense

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 28:  Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks speaks to the media during Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day at the Prudential Center on January 28, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.  Super Bowl XLVIII will be played between the Seatt
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The Vegas oddsmakers have made the Denver Broncos three-point favorites in Super Bowl XLVIII, sending the message to bettors that the best defense is a good offense.

Denver boasted the league's top-ranked offensive attack during the regular season but will be facing off against the NFL's No. 1 defense in Seattle.

Both teams have won by narrow margins in the postseason, and both are surrendering fewer than 17 points per game. However, the Broncos have been in better rhythm offensively, punting just once through two playoff games.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks have punted eight times in two playoff games and have relied heavily on running back Marshawn Lynch. 

Denver will obviously have its hands full against Seattle, but the Seahawks' inconsistent offensive attack could turn out to be the biggest difference in this matchup.

Peyton Manning Favorite to Win MVP Honors

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19:   Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos calls a play 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. Cox/Gett
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Win or lose, most of the talk surrounding Super Bowl XLVIII will center on Peyton Manning and where his legacy stands following a record-setting year.

Therefore, it's not surprising that No. 18 carries the top odds to win the Super Bowl MVP Award into East Rutherford this winter. According to Bovada, Manning is the odds-on favorite at 11-10. He's currently comfortably ahead of Russell Wilson (15-4), Marshawn Lynch (15-4) and Percy Harvin (18-1). 

Although Manning is set to face his stiffest test yet in Seattle's top-ranked secondary, the Super Bowl XLI MVP has already thrown for 630 yards and four touchdowns in two previous playoff wins.

But keep in mind that Manning hasn't played particularly well in his two previous Super Bowl appearances, throwing just two touchdown passes to two interceptions combined. 

But if you like the Seahawks to win, Wilson would be the best bet as quarterbacks have accounted for 26 of the past 48 Super Bowl MVP winners (Super Bowl XII featured co-MVPs). A running back hasn't won since Terrell Davis in Super Bowl XXXII.

The Weather, National Anthem

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The national anthem is one of the most popular prop bets out there. But with the Super Bowl also being held outdoors in a cold-weather city this year, bettors can gamble on the weather during the big game as well.

Two of the more notable prob bets in regards to the weather are projecting whether it will snow and predicting the temperature at kickoff.

Bovada has -300 odds for no snow and +200 odds for snow. Meanwhile, odds for a temperature above 32 degrees at kickoff are set at -140, compared to even odds for a temperature below freezing. Given the forecast and the 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff time, no snow and below freezing are the best bets to make. 

As for Renee Fleming's national anthem performance, Bovada has set the over-under at two minutes and 25 seconds. The odds are +110 for the over and -150 for the under. Keep in mind that Fleming is an Opera singer, which means her rendition could run a little longer than the average. 

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