If the biggest strength of the Denver Broncos happens to coincide with the biggest strength of the Seattle Seahawks, then something will have to give at Super Bowl XLVIII. The question that the NFL betting community needs to answer, then, is whether Jake Fox and Pete Carroll stick with what’s worked for them all season, or start thinking outside of the box.
It’s time to decide whether you're an offense person or a defense person. If nothing else, that’s what Super Bowl XLVIII has quickly come to represent thanks to the presence of Peyton Manning’s aerial-heavy Denver Broncos and the formidable Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos are 3-point favorites heading into the big game, but this is a matter of contrasting philosophies. There can only be one.
The Denver Broncos are 3-point favorites heading into Super Bowl XLVIII, but choosing whether it will be them or the Seattle Seahawks who win football’s greatest prize is very much an exercise in philosophy. While Peyton Manning’s Broncos are the most potent offense in the league, the Seahawks are its most dominant defense.
Rarely are footballs fans treated to a matchup that pits the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense, so don’t act surprised when that’s the overwhelming theme of the weekend. The question that oddsmakers and experts alike have been struggling to find an answer for is which approach to the game will ultimately win out.
Can the Broncos thrive if Richard Sherman and company can shut down their aerial game? Can the Seahawks find enough offense to keep pace with Denver even if they do?
For Peyton Manning and the Broncos, taking to the air to put points on the board is almost inevitable. When you’re the best in the game at doing something, why do anything else? This week, however, Denver’s aerial assault will be tested by the best secondary in football. What would work against 30 other teams in the NFL may not necessarily work against this one.
It begs the question, will the Broncos attempt to beat Richard Sherman and the Seahawks as they would anybody else or look to implement more of a running game in order to keep from playing right into Seattle’s hands – and what does that mean for Knowshon Moreno’s 20/1 odds of winning Super Bowl MVP?
It’s easy to understand the benefits of both approaches and the reality is that we’ll likely see a combination of both. That means betting on the Super Bowl comes down choosing which of the two teams will bring forth the best overall package and isn’t that what the NFL championship should be about anyway? Denver’s the 3-point favorite for Super Sunday.
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