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Super Bowl XLVIII


Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos

Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball against the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII.

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The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are preparing for the Super Bowl as usual, although the weather could have a definite impact on the game, going as far as a changing of the date the game is played. Super Bowl Sunday could turn into Super Bowl Saturday or Super Bowl Monday depending on a possible snow storm, although that is unlikely.

Still, that hasn't stopped some sportsbooks from getting in on the cold weather craze. At Bovada, you can wager that it will snow and receive +300 on the money line. Wagering that it will not snow is -500. You can also wager if the temperature will be above or below 32 degrees at kickoff. Both yes and no are -120 on the money line, while you can also wager on what the coldest temperature is during the game. Over 29 degrees is -110 and under 28 degrees is -130.

(If you are unfamiliar with the concept of the money line, read Understanding Money Lines, and you'll be up to speed in no time.)

The Seahawks opened as slight favorites, but money quickly came in on Denver and now the Broncos are favored by 2 or 2.5 points, although there are several offshore sportsbooks that have Denver-3. The total on the game is 47 or 47.5 depending on the sportsbook you are using.

Other Proposition Bets

The proposition bet craze is in full swing during the Super Bowl and not all of them have to do with the game, as you can wager on anything from how long it will take Renee Fleming to sing the National Anthem to if the announcers will say "Marijuana" during the broadcast. The halftime show is always good for a wager or two, and this year there are a few more bets being offered than normal, as both Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be on stage. You can wager on which song Mars performs first, with Treasure being a slight favorite, to if any of the Chili Peppers performs shirtless, as they are known to do frequently.

There are the usual wagers being offered, such as who the MVP of the game will thank first, the color of the Gatorade poured on the winning coach, etc. There should be something for everybody to wager on, football fan or not.

The Game

I haven't looked at the game too closely yet, but admit to being extremely surprised that Seattle was made the early favorite. The betting public likes offense, not defense, and the Broncos can definitely put points on the scoreboard. I'm not sure what the oddsmakers were thinking, but surely they had to know that the Broncos were going to be the public team.

Denver's defense has been maligned at times during the season, but there is one area that they're not too bad in and that's defending the run up the middle, which could make it difficult for Seattle to get its running game on track.

Seattle's defense is well-publicized, and for good reason, as the Seahawks are tough all the way around, ranking first in scoring defense, total defense and passing defense. The Seahawks also ranked first in defensive interceptions, so if there's one team that appears capable of shutting down the Broncos it would be Seattle.

While it's still far too early to narrow down any wagers, right now I'd be inclined to give the under 47.5 a good look, but will also be keeping on eye on the weather in the days leading up to game time.




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