With predictions flying like crazy on anything Super Bowl related, it seems to be the only topic worthy of discussion at the moment. I have seen predictions that it will be the most violent NFL game in history, that there will be the most injuries of any Super Bowl game in history, that the Seahawks will win, and that the Broncos will win. It is safe to say that everyone is obsessed and has their own take on the game. It is not surprising that everyone wants in on the action, but quite honestly the only predictions I am really interested in are the Super Bowl betting odds that are shaping up and the point spread that is being designated because I will be betting on this game, and I am not alone. It is estimated that more than $8 billion is wagered on this one game alone.
There is one prediction that I am pretty sure will come to pass, and that is the estimate that NFL Super Bowl 48 will break all previous viewership records on Sunday, February 2. Advertisers are absolutely giddy over that one, and it is probably the one prediction that has verifiable evidence behind it. The average ad spot is going for $4.5 million, and as of a few days ago, 43 ad spots had been purchased. That’s a whole lot of money.
It is fairly rare for the two top-seeded teams to be squaring off in the Super Bowl game. Another rarity is the fact that this is the first time the NFL championship game will be played in a cold weather climate. Recent weather reports have indicated a diminishing chance of snow, which should be fairly pleasing to both teams and particularly pleasing to Manning who has a history of struggling with his performance in cold weather situations. After finishing a strong season and breaking multiple records, the Denver Broncos team brings the #1 offense to the game. On the other side of the ball the Seattle Seahawks are bringing the #1 defense, and bringing it strong. While the Seahawks may not have the number one offense in their corner, not many teams can claim a fan generated earthquake resulted from an impressive touchdown play, and they are damned good at keeping their opponents from scoring.
Who will win this game is anyone’s guess at this point. The odds and point spread seems pretty solidified at this point and have not really changed over the last few days other than some slight adjustments to the money line. Denver remains the favored performer with a -3 in the point spread. The weather does present a variable and since this is the first cold weather Super Bowl, it remains to be seen how this will affect the game. Many Denver fans are got their wager in early, worried that the point spread or moneyline may increase in the other team’s favor. Many Seahawks fans are holding tight to see if their team might possibly get a few more points to buffer the outcome, which can happen pretty close to the actual event.
As a Denver fan, my bets are in, and while I have a decent amount of faith in my team and in Manning, I’m well aware that anything could happen and that the Seahawks are a formidable opponent. The one thing I am certain of is that this game will prove to be one of the most unpredictable and unique games in Super Bowl history. I am wholeheartedly convinced that the 2014 Super Sunday will be one we won’t forget anytime soon.