After defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on The Road To MetLife Stadium, the Denver Broncos had the luxury of being able to sit back and enjoy their big win, while watching two heavyweights battle it out in the NFC Championship Game. After withstanding a final minute rally at home, the Seattle Seahawks were able to hold on and once again defeat the San Francisco 49ers. In a contest that will feature the best offense in NFL history against one of the most formidable defenses in recent memory, oddsmakers have decided to list the Broncos as a small favorite over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium.
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Depending on where you look for your big game point spreads, the Broncos are listed as anywhere from a 1-3 point favorite over the Seahawks. That line will likely change multiple times throughout the coming two weeks, especially depending on the availability of many injured players, most notably, Seattle wide receiver Percy Harvin. Denver will hope to have some of its injured stars from yesterday ready to play on February 2, which will also cause the line to shift a bit.
Picking a winner in this game will a daunting task. If you feel that offense is bigger than defense in big games, than the Broncos are the pick. But, if you feel that top defenses shut down top offenses, then you will likely choose the Seahawks. If Peyton Manning can continue to pick apart the opposing defensive backs, then Denver may very well be preparing to hoist its third Lombardy Trophy. Although, if Seattle can come up big against another top quarterback, then it may be able to enjoy the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history.
If you are looking for which team may have a greater edge, make sure to check out Stats.com. If the temperatures dip below 40 degrees on Super Bowl Sunday, which is nearly a foregone conclusion, Stats.com will tell you how things could play out when the Broncos face the Seahawks in MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII. It would appear that Denver may have an edge on special teams and the kicking game with Matt Prater over Steven Hauschka, but Stats.com has plenty of eye-opening numbers that may cause you to bet on one team over the other.
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