Super Bowl Odds are Tight in Vegas

Ultimately bettors side with Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

Oddsmakers had trouble picking a favorite to win the Super Bowl, but by the end of Sunday night bettors had put their money on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to win. With no clear cut favorite, Super Bowl XLVII between the Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will likely be one of the most evenly matched (and heavily bet) Super Bowls in years.

During early betting, the Seahawks were favored in many Vegas books by as little as two points. Other books had the Broncos as high as a three-point favorite. “We’re just trying to figure out what the market will be and get a feel of where money will go,” Jay Kornegay, who runs the LVH sports book and initially had the Seahawks favored, told ESPN. “At this point it doesn’t take a lot to move the line.”

Sports books adjusted their lines to try to balance the money on each team after bettors rushed to put their money on Denver, believing that Manning’s sure arm and cold weather temperatures in New York favor the Broncos. Most books swung from Seattle as a two-point favorite to Denver as a one-point favorite within an hour of the end of the San Francisco 49ers-Seahawks game.

Some expect this year’s Super Bowl to break the $98.9 million record bet in Nevada’s legal sports books last year.

[ESPN]

3 comments
cameronhood40
cameronhood40

I have Seattle by 6.  Denver's defense will not be able to stop Lynch.  He will go off for about 150.  SF had a way better defense and Lynch had over 100 yards rushing.  Also Manning has a poor record in cold weather conditions.

DavidW.Dukes
DavidW.Dukes

Broncos by 9. Seachickens are over rated. Who did they beat this year? How close were their games? And they lost to any half decent team...so DENVER BY A MILE. Go Bears.

dgruginski
dgruginski

@DavidW.Dukes holy smokes...Denver had the worst strength of schedule in the NFL this year... THE WORST.  That means they played the easiest schedule in the NFL.  The Seahawks were top 10 in SOS.  Seattle beat Carolina, SF(twice), NO(twice).  They won what is considered the toughest division in football at the moment.  The better question is who did Denver beat?  Their best wins were the last 2 weeks.  Indy and NE.  The way the betting is going and the oddsmakers in Vegas are laying the line(believe me they are way better at this than you).  Vegas thinks Seattle wins this.  The line shifted to Denver to balance the money coming in at an almost 90% for Denver clip in the beginning.  Casual fans love Peyton...he makes funny commercials with his brother.  lol

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