There’ll be nothing between defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots according to the betting for this Sunday’s NFL showpiece, with both sides available at 10/11 to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Here are three reasons why the holders should be significantly shorter.
The NFC has provided the winners of four of the past five Super Bowls
Quarterback Russell Wilson out-threw Denver Broncos icon Peyton Manning with ease last winter, when Seattle ran out stonking 43-8 Super Bowl winners in New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.
That crushing victory continued the NFC’s dominance over their AFC rivals, who have managed just two Super Bowl triumphs since the New York Giants snapped their four-year winning streak in 2008.
For Manning last year, think equally-superlative Patriots QB Tom Brady in Arizona. Wilson is on the verge of becoming the highest-paid player in the NFL, so surely he’ll take on all comers.
New England may have caught up with the favourites, but Seattle’s 2014/15 record arguably beats their opponents
Having been market leaders to retain the Vince Lombardi for practically the entire campaign, when both teams posted 11-4 records, the holders now find themselves level-pegging in the betting after coming from 16-0 down to beat Green Bay 28-22 in NFC final overtime.
There was no disgrace in that result, as the Patriots would surely agree having gone down 26-21 to the Packers at Lambeau Field in late November.
Seattle’s triumph through adversity should be seen as a plus point, not a demerit.
No player hit the end zone more often during the regular season than Lynch, who is Gridiron’s top scorer all told in 2014/15 with 18 touchdowns.
New England’s Rob Gronkowski has four fewer than the former Buffalo Bills running back, making 4/7 odds on Lynch touching down at the University of Phoenix Stadium seem a whole lot better than 8/11 about the Patriots tight end in the same market.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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