Whether or not sportsbooks stick with that spread in the lead up to Super Bowl 2014 remains to be seen, though.
The fact that early bettors are leading the odds towards being split right down the middle is not something that is of much concern to the oddsmakers. History has shown that the betting public will have a lot more action to deliver before Super Bowl 2014 kicks off on February 2.
The bookmakers at 5Dimes.eu revealed that the amount of early action isn’t really a concern even though those early numbers look as though the game is going to be set in the middle with bets on Denver (pick) and Seattle (+3).
The Broncos certainly looked like the team to beat, easily covering the 5.5-point spread in a 26-16 win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. Peyton Manning posted his usual efficient numbers, going 32/43 for 400 yards and a pair of TD’s.
Seattle used their awesome defense and amazing 12th man fan base to book a spot in Super Bowl 2014. They edged out the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 with a late end zone pick, which was enough to cover the 3.5-point spread.
Peter Korner, top dog at Nevada-based odds company The Sports Club, said that he liked Seattle from the start, but deferred to the other guys when putting odds together.
The Sports Club compiled odds for all the potential 2014 Super Bowl match-ups before the conference finals, making the potential Denver/Seattle scenario a pick’em, which they have since stuck with.
Korner still thinks that the Seahawks have the edge in the game, but does concede that Peyton Manning may have something to say about that. The veteran QB will be making his 3rd Super Bowl appearance, while Seattle QB Russell Wilson will be making his first after only two years in the league.
Experience might be a factor according to Korner, but he still feels Seattle is the better team right now. It may have been a completely different scenario is the 2014 Super Bowl was played at mid-season.
With the 2014 Super Bowl set to be played in New Jersey, there are many that wonder just how big an impact the weather will have on the game. Both teams have experience playing in less than perfect conditions, so the point may be moot.
Both teams put in stunning offensive displays during the season when asked to play in poor weather, although if wind proves to be a factor, the best running game might win the day.
Korner and his stable of oddsmakers set the point total at 49, a touch above the 48 points posted by online bookies.
Korner admitted that a pair of factors came into play when setting the points total. The weather was the most obvious, but he also feels that the majority will bet the Over if the weather plays ball. The same trend appeared in the championship games, which didn’t turn out so well for the bettors.
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