Not since Fred “The Hammer” Williamson shot off his mouth before Super Bowl I has a cornerback inserted himself into the pre-Super Bowl hype like Seattle’s Richard Sherman. Now, how will Sherman and his top-ranked Seahawks stop unit hold up against Peyton Manning and the most explosive offense in the league?
In a meeting of former division rivals the Seahawks and the Broncos battle in Super Bowl 48 on Sunday, Feb. 2, at what could be a cold and windy MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Sports Interaction opened its Super Bowl 48 betting with Denver favored by 1 point, the total proffered at 47.5. But within the first 24 hours of betting action Sports Interaction had bumped the Broncos to -2.5 points, and the total to 48.
Denver won the AFC West this season, going 13-3, then beat San Diego and New England to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time since John Elway and Terrell Davis led the team to back-to-back Super Bowl victories in the late 1990s.
For Manning, it’s Super Bowl No. 3; he led the Colts to a victory over the Bears in Super Bowl XLI, then lost Super Bowl XLIV to Drew Brees and the Saints.
Seattle, meanwhile, won the NFC West this season, also going 13-3, then defeated New Orleans and San Francisco to advance to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history. Eight years ago the Seahawks lost to the Steelers in Super Bowl XL.
Obviously, this is the biggest game in which second-year pro Russell Wilson has ever played. However, he won’t have to go it alone. RB Marshawn Lynch powers a running attack that averaged 137 yards per game this season, while the Seattle defense ranked No. 1 in the league in both total defense and points allowed.
With the Northern outdoors venue this Super Bowl has a chance to be the coldest ever. From two weeks out the forecast for Super Bowl Sunday in New Jersey was calling for temperatures in the 20s at kickoff, and breezy. In that spirit, Sports Interaction is offering a “Pinata Pick” that gives bettors a chance to wager on just how cold it will be. If a bettor can predict the exact temperature at MetLife Stadium at kickoff, he will be rewarded with a payout of +5500.