Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will lead the No. 1-ranked offense in the NFL -- during the regular season, at least -- into MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sun., Feb. 2, 2014, to play Seattle Seahawks corner back Richard Sherman and the No. 1-ranked defense at Super Bowl 48.
And he'll do so as the betting favorite ... at least as it stands right now.
According to our friends at OddShark.com, the Broncos are currently favored by -2.5 points. The line opened as a pick 'em, which is to say there was no clear favorite or underdog. Then, early betting pushed the line in favor of Denver.
That's because the sure-fire Hall of Fame gun slinger will have to deconstruct possibly the best secondary the NFL has seen in years.
Indeed, it's a close match-up that will likely lead to the line swinging back and forth to both sides. SB Nation crunched some numbers to see how both teams fared against the spread this year to go along with some recent Super Bowl trends:
Both Seattle and Denver enter the Super Bowl with a 15-3 SU record this season, with Seattle holding a slight ATS edge of 12-6 over Denver's 11-7. The game is being hyped up as a classic offense vs. defense matchup. Denver finished No. 1 in the NFL in scoring offense and total yardage while Seattle finished No. 1 in scoring defense and total yardage allowed.
NFC is 5-1 ATS over the past six Super Bowls, 49ers lost last year as 4.5-point favorites against Baltimore.
Underdogs are 5-1 ATS over the past six Super Bowls, and they have won four of six SU
Seahawks are 6-3 ATS over the past nine playoff games
Seahawks are 17-3-1 ATS as underdogs since 2011
Broncos are 9-2 SU, 8-3 ATS over the past 11 games as favorites
Broncos are 11-2 ATS over the past 13 seasons after a bye week
Seahawks are 3-10-1 ATS over the past 14 seasons after a bye week
Seahawks are 3-12 SU vs. the Broncos since 1995
There are quite a few factors to consider that cannot be determined by looking at past Super Bowl games, such as how weather (see extended forecast right here) will affect each team. For the first time ever, there could be snow, and it's almost definitely going to be freezing come kickoff time.
Who are you putting your money on, Maniacs?