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Super Bowl XLVIII opening line report: Bettors jump on Denver, move odds

The biggest spread in sports is sitting on the fence, with oddsmakers setting Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks as a pick’em  - the first pick’em spread in Super Bowl betting history.

However, that dead-even spread may not be there for long with online sportsbooks reporting early action on Denver.

Sportsbook.ag is reporting that 93 percent of the early money was on Denver in the first 15 minutes of betting. That forced a move to Denver -1, which took 89 percent of the action on the Broncos and pushed the spread to a field goal.

The drastic move and the potential for early-bird bettors to middle the biggest game of the season isn’t bothering oddsmakers, who know there is much, much, much more to come from the betting public before February 2.

“The amount of action in such a short time doesn’t worry us,” Mike Perry, of Sportsbook.ag said when asked about the potential for bettors to middle the Super Bowl with bets on Denver (Pick) and Seattle (+3).

The Broncos looked dominant in their win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, winning 26-16 as a 5.5-point home favorite. Denver veteran quarterback Peyton Manning was precise as ever, going 32 for 43 for 400 yards and two touchdowns.

In Seattle, the Seahawks flexed their muscles defensively, making a game-saving interception in the end zone to seal a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship, covering as 3.5-point home chalk.

“Though I preferred to favor Seattle ultimately, with the other guys’ opinions, I settled with the original pick,” Peter Korner, founder of the Nevada-based odds service The Sports Club tells Covers.

Korner and his stable of oddsmakers released early Super Bowl spreads for the four possible matchups last week, and are sticking to their original number of a pick’em between Seattle and Denver.

While Korner may be leaning a little toward the Seahawks, he doesn’t discount the edge the Broncos have under center with Manning playing in his third Super Bowl and Seattle QB Russell Wilson making his Big Game debut in just his second year in the league.

“I think (experience) is a big edge but Seattle is the slightly better team right now,” he says. “If the line was made after half the season was done, Denver would have been a big favorite. Not now though.”

Perhaps the big question on everyone’s mind heading into Super Bowl XLVIII is whether the cold New Jersey weather will have an impact or not, with this being the first outdoor cold weather Super Bowl. Both teams are used to playing in the elements.

“We saw real crappy weather earlier in the year and the offenses exploded,” says Korner. “All I can say is if it's really windy, the better rushing team will be better off.”

As for the total, Korner’s group sent out a suggested number of 49 points while online books posted an opening total of 48.

“We sent out 49. Two factors will play on the closing line. The weather and the fact everyone will bet the Over no matter what we put up if the weather is OK,” says Korner. “Just like they bet both championship games Over. Didn't turn out so well there for them.”

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Posted by penguins1503
7 months ago

The old saying that "defense wins championships" is not as relevant as it was before, now since the league has geared up the advantage to the offence in a happy passing league with all the weapons that the Broncos have and one of the best student of the game on broncos qb Manning. I tend to believe that Denver will win the Super Bowl hands down. not taking anything away from Seattle defense but Manning & Elway will formulate a game plan that will exploit their weakness. The 49ers qb Kap had his chance to win the game but he lost it due to his inaccuracy & lack of experience in big games, unlike qb Manning. Denver 31 - Seattle 23
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Posted by Cooler999
7 months ago

There's a guy..SAILORMAN calling the score of 31-30... And you don't even know what the weather is going to be like on that day..LOL
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Posted by future213
7 months ago

Who is taking manning 3 int's at +1100?
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Posted by sailorman1965
7 months ago

Seattle will win the Big Dance it will be very close 31-30
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Posted by THEMUGG
7 months ago

Love Seattle here............hope the public keeps hammering Denver.
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Posted by DS70
7 months ago

Denver all day long,, just cant stop manning in my opinion , they will destroy seattle,and I don't care about seattles defence.
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Posted by Mj123w
7 months ago

Good called sexy ladies manning wanna second rings
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Posted by tomnolan
7 months ago

I'm taking the seahawks to stop manning and the broncos. the seahawks defense is too good and I think they will do enough on offence to win the game. seattle 21 broncos 17
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Posted by braves5795
7 months ago

sea easy
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Posted by LeRinkRat
7 months ago

William hill had it Sea-1 a couple mins after the NFC championship game was final. Today it's moved to Denver-2. NOW Denver -2 1/2 there Monday morning. Cantor opened pick, went straight to Denver -1 1/2 NOW Denver -2
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Posted by kengoone
7 months ago

William hill had it Sea-1 a couple mins after the NFC championship game was final. Today it's moved to Denver-2
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Posted by funding
7 months ago

Seattle won't be able to stop Manning and all his weapons.
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Posted by rickyn
7 months ago

manning hasn't seen a defense like seattles in YEARS they just held a very good san fran team with a very mobile QB to 17 points- manning will be like a sitting duck to these guys- I say even with a very young Russell Wilson at QB if he can just avoid turnovers and get a couple first downs running Denver is in big trouble- marshawn lynch is a beast and the seattle secondary is big fast and hits extremely hard look for the Denver receivers to be shell shocked when they feel the power of those defensive backs take the hawks moneyline
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Posted by oldtexx
7 months ago

Not that I think you will need the points, wait as late as possible to take Seattle...........m/l for same amount............
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Posted by funding
7 months ago

"Seattle won't be able to stop Manning and all his weapons."