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NFL Betting: Super Bowl XLIX Preview

Posted by Stan Jenkins on 1/30/2015 7:51:16 PM

The Super Bowl hype week is here. Media Day will then give way to an escalation of talk and predictions in the coming days. Who is going to win the big game in Arizona on Sunday?

Super Bowl XLIX

New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks – Sunday, February 1

The Super Bowl is, this year, a clash of great teams and great coaches. The New England Patriots were the last team to make and win consecutive Super Bowls, in 2004 and 2005. The Seattle Seahawks have managed to make back-to-back Super Bowls, as New England did 10 years ago. The Seahawks now want to join the Patriots as back-to-back champions.

New England is going for a fourth Super Bowl in what is its eighth appearance, tying Pittsburgh and Dallas for the most on the all-time list. The Patriots’ head coach, Bill Belichick, and their quarterback, Tom Brady, are both trying to win a fourth Super Bowl together, which would put them on par with Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw, the two men who won four Super Bowls as coach and quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s.

As for Seattle, the Seahawks have a young team which seems capable of turning into a dynasty. The talk of a Seahawk dynasty would escalate if this team is able to win on Sunday. What would happen with a victory is that Pete Carroll would become just the 14th coach to win at least two Super Bowls, joining Belichick. Only four men have won more than two, so if Carroll wins this year, he would put himself in very good position to become that fifth man in the near future. So much is at stake beyond the already-large prize of one season’s Super Bowl and one season’s fight for a championship.

How will this game be won and lost? Start with the simple stuff. Seattle can’t turn the ball over. The Seahawks are not built to win when they make a lot of big mistakes. The team needed to recover an onside kick to beat Green Bay in the NFC title game. That’s not something a team can count on. Seattle has to protect the ball and not give Tom Brady a short field to work with. If the Seahawks make mistakes, New England will punish them.

The Patriots have to get a big game from their offensive line. Seattle’s defensive line overwhelmed the Denver Broncos in last year’s Super Bowl, giving Peyton Manning very little time with which to throw the ball down the field. If New England can hold up in the trenches, it can then do what it wants to on offense, but that’s no easy task against a physical Seattle defense.

There are many angles to predicting this year’s Super Bowl winner that have plenty of evidence to support them. In the most evenly matched Super Bowl in recent memory, it’s hard to forget the old adage that defense wins championships. In a game that has many similarities from a handicapping perspective to last year’s Super Bowl, it’s hard to go against the current champions. If the Seahawks are able to put pressure on Brady, they will likely be celebrating back to back Super Bowl wins. We think Seattle is up to the task.

Pick: Seahawks +1

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