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Super Bowl XLVII expert bloggers debate who will cover

For every big game this season, Covers has reached out to expert NFL bloggers to get their take on which side will cover the spread. And no game is bigger than Super Bowl XLVII.

Baltimore Ravens blogger Justin Silberman of Russell Street Report and San Francisco 49ers blogger David Fucillo of Niners Nation go head-to-head, giving three reasons why their teams cover the spread in New Orleans Sunday.

Good luck guys and thanks to all the NFL bloggers who contributed to our weekly debate articles this season.


Justin Silberman writes for You can follow him on twitter at @RussellStReport and @Jsilbe3.

No ordinary Joe

With eight touchdown passes and zero interceptions, Joe Flacco has a chance to tie or break three-time Super Bowl champion Joe Montana’s record for most touchdowns without throwing an interception during a single postseason. Every other quarterback who has finished a postseason throwing at least eight touchdowns with no interceptions has not only won the Super Bowl, but also the Super Bowl MVP.

One last Hoo-Ray!

Drawing inspiration from Ray Lewis, the Ravens rolled through three opponents – and three top quarterbacks – en route to Super Bowl XLVII. Lewis has been on this stage before. He was voted Super Bowl MVP after the Ravens beat the New York Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV. He announced before the playoffs his intention to retire after the team completed its playoff run and his teammates have ensured that didn’t happen before another Super Bowl appearance.

The other brother

In an interview with CSN Bay Area, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh admitted that he’s half the coach his brother John is. John is also the more experienced of the two. While Jim has taken his team to the postseason in each of his first two seasons, all John has done is make the postseason in each of his first five seasons as the Ravens’ head coach and gone 8-4 in the playoffs.


David Fucillo writes for Niners Nation. You can follow them on Facebook or Twitter @NinersNation.

Lucky No. 7

Colin Kaepernick is an X-factor every week and will be the key reason this 49ers team covers against the Ravens. The Falcons learned from the Packers’ game plan. But while Kap did not run much against them, he was able to have another strong passing game. The Ravens need to figure out how best to handle that, and it is a tall order.

Prepared for the pass

The 49ers defense was burned badly in the first half of each of the Packers and Falcons playoff games. Julio Jones and James Jones had huge games, and the 49ers can’t afford that against Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin. Two weeks off should give the defense time to get ready for the potent Ravens offense.

According to Jim

Speaking of two weeks off, the 49ers have been incredibly strong under Jim Harbaugh after bye weeks. The team has extra time to prepare for their next opponent. While the Ravens share that same time, I really like the 49ers' chances with Harbaugh and Co. pondering their options for the long build up to the Super Bowl.

Join in the debate. Which team – Baltimore or San Francisco - covers the spread in Super Bowl XLVII?

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Posted by braves5795
4 years ago

sf and under

Posted by kelley1496
4 years ago

everyone keeps talking about the ravens having the emotional advantage w Lewis retirement, modell's passing and torrey smiths brother passing almost destiny like feeling the way they beat manning and brady..the ball has definity been bouncing thier way..kinda like it did for notre dame..all those close games looked like it was meant to be..well we all know what happened feeling is the same thing happens to balt..

Posted by damonte
4 years ago

Ravens defense has yet to see the speed the SF offense will display today. This disparity is the reason for a SF win.

Posted by aleopriest
4 years ago

I can't see the Ravens losing his game. The offense would really have to stink the place out to lose this one. Kap will get his yards, but I think the Raven defense will figure it out with 2 weeks to prepare. Ravens are hard on running QBs, I can see them really trying to light up Kap like a firecracker. Ray Ray finds a way..GO RAVENS!!!

Posted by THoll702
4 years ago

Going with the Younger team: San Fran -3.5. San Fran's o-line will dominate baltimore front seven. CK will be keeping the ball on the option much more than he did against ATL. Baltimores's O will put points on the board, but it will not be enough. The ravens will go 4-wide on O to neutralize San Fran's linebackers. Due to a lack of a pass rush on both sides, the game will go over.

Posted by wde
4 years ago


Posted by PARLAY_KING69
4 years ago

ALL I say is ,, it's gonna be a good game.. i like for san fran to win but I also respect ray lewis for what he has accomplished and done for the ravens... it's time to step aside and let the young bucks head towards their would be great for alot of poeple and for poeple who looks forward for the next season to come...
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Posted by THoll702
4 years ago

"Going with the Younger team: San Fran -3.5. San Fran's o-line will dominate baltimore front seven. CK will be keeping the ball on the option much more than he did against ATL. Baltimores's O will put points on the board, but it will not be enough. Th..."