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Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl 48 Betting predictions & preview

Broncos vs Seahawks NFL Playoffs Handicapping

The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos have punched their tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey in the first cold-weather Super Bowl of the modern era. Seattle defeated San Francisco in thrilling fashion to win the NFC, while Denver handled New England on their home turf.

Super Bowl XLVIII
Seattle Seahawks (15-3) vs. Denver Broncos (15-3)
Date: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Time: 6:25 PM ET
Venue: MetLife Stadium
City: East Rutherford, New Jersey
O/U Odds: 47
Spread: Denver -2.5
Money Line: Denver -135, Seattle +115

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The Denver Broncos threw for an NFL record 340.3 yards per game this season and it felt at times like no one could stop them, but there was at least one occasion this year where they met some serious resistance.

These teams haven’t met in a game that counts since Sept. 19, 2010, but we did get an extended look at these teams in action in Week 2 of the preseason. While many few preseason games as meaningless, we did get a look at how each of the starters fared against the other side with Seattle keeping their starters in for the first half, and Denver’s starters playing nearly all of the first half and Peyton Manning playing into the second quarter.

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Seattle had little trouble moving the ball on their offensive possessions in that game, coming away with points on five of six possessions in the opening half. Interestingly enough, that was without getting anything from their top offensive option – running back Marshawn Lynch. Instead, quarterback Russell Wilson completed 8 of 12 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover.
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On the other side of the ball, Denver’s offense had some trouble. Manning completed 11 of 16 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown without an interception, but the Broncos averaged just 2.7 yards per carry on the ground, and also fumbled the ball away twice in the opening half.

When Manning left that game, Seattle had a 24-7 lead, and would end the half with a 33-7 lead.

The weather will play a factor in this one and that certainly presents an advantage to the Seahawks, who bring the far better ground game to East Rutherford. The Seahawks also bring the far better defense to the party. After years of the AFC offering the stiffer competition, the NFC was tougher this season as the AFC teams dealt with a laundry list of injuries, and oddsmakers simply have this line favoring the wrong side. Still, it’s conceivable that the Broncos rack up some points after the game gets out of hand to help push this one over the total.

The Seahawks are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games versus teams with a winning record, while the Broncos are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 playoff games.

The over is 24-7 in Denver’s last 31 games versus teams with a winning record.

The play: Seattle ML +115, Over 47

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