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Broncos v Seahawks Super Bowl 48 Pointspread & Handicapping preview

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It’s been interesting to many NFL handicappers and observers that the Super Bowl 48 points spread has not only remained a low number, but has only moved 2 points since it opened on Sunday.

The Denver Broncos were installed by the odd makers that set the Super Bowl spreads (

) as a 1 -point favorite over the Seattle Seahawks for Super Bowl 48, just minutes after the conclusion of the NFL Conference Championship games, and that number has remained practically the same ever since.

It marks just the fifth time in Super Bowl history that a Super Bowl Points spread has been less than a field goal.

Super Bowl VII saw the undefeated Miami Dolphins as a one-point favorite against the Washington Redskins, while Super Bowl XVI saw another single-point spread when 49ers took the field against the Bengals.

The New England Patriots were the last team to be favored by such a low margin when they took on New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI as 2 ½-point favorites. The Giants won that game outright, and were only one of two Super Bowl underdogs to do so, with the Baltimore Ravens beating the 4.5-point favored 49ers last year.

It’s a far cry from the days when a team was the heavy favorite, as was the case for example in Super Bowl III when the Super Bowl gambling line saw the Baltimore Colts as high as 19-points over the eventual winning New York Jets.[soliloquy id=”82219″]

In this game, the Broncos enter as the favorites, in many experts opinions, mainly because they defeated regular season division champion New England at home en route to this year’s big game.

The road to Super Bowl 48 started with a less than impressive 24-17 win over visiting San Diego, 12th in the league in scoring offense during the regular season. Nevertheless, the Broncos held the Chargers to seven points under their average.

Next came the Patriots, 3rd in the league in scoring offense, but Denver’s defense allowed just two offensive touchdowns in the game, beating the AFC East champions, 26-16.

These results, and a monster year by quarterback Peyton Manning, who throw has thrown for 5,477 and 55 TDs, likely had a lot to do with the Denver being installed as the Super Bowl 48 Points spread favorites.

Meanwhile, Seattle arrived at their second Super Bowl appearance thanks to two solid home victories.

First, they won their match against new Orleans in the AFC Divisional Playoffs 23-15, and then stopped the 49ers in a grudge match on Sunday in an exciting NFC Championship game, 23-17.

The Seahawks now find themselves back in familiar territory, as they were 4-point underdogs against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL, a game they lost 21-10, on Feb. 5, 2006 at Ford Field in Detroit.

It’s interesting to note that in the last 10 games, betting on the Super Bowl favorite hasn’t always worked out.

That’s because the underdogs have covered the Super Bowl point spread in eight of the past 11 games.

This makes things a lot more attractive for those looking to place wagers on this year’s Super Bowl 48 points spread.


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