Can Manning Live up to His Hype, or Will Sunday be His Final Game?

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He hasn’t been at his best all season, but Peyton Manning can still come through, in what could be his last Super Bowl, by grabbing his second ring in Santa Clara this Sunday.

The Denver QB hasn’t quite lived up to his hype since the road to San Francisco opened up in September. He has been plagued by injury this season and many speculate that he will be retiring at the end of the game on Sunday. Manning himself has refused to deny these speculations.

However, the post-season is when the true greats shine, and the Panthers could be the subject of one final demolition by Manning.

Manning and his Broncos have the experience to give Newton and the Panthers a run for their money. With the league’s No.1 defense battling the No.6, I don’t see it as a high scoring game, but it will certainly be and exciting one.

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Thane Colcy sports bloggerTHANE COLCY is a Canadian sports fan currently living in Melbourne, Australia but still following American football and basketball from down-under.

MVP market hotting up as Super Bowl XLIX approaches

If you bet on the MVP market ahead of last year’s Super Bowl, and if you don’t own a crystal ball, chances are you walked away empty handed.

Malcolm Smith was a surprise winner for many reasons, and his odds of +10000 to repeat the feat are testament to that, but often the market is easier to predict.


Super Bowl XLIX MVP Betting Odds:

Tom Brady +150
Russell Wilson +225
Marshawn Lynch +450

(All odds provided by AllYouBet.ag are accurate
as of today and subject to change).


Tom Brady is chasing his fourth Super Bowl ring and his third MVP award after 2002 and 2004, and the winning quarterback is often the recipient of that particular honor. It is unsurprising, therefore, that Brady’s opposing QB Russell Wilson is second favorite.

However recent years have seen unlikely names buck the trend, and while a repeat for Smith might not be high on most people’s expectations, there are a few other outside bets who have captured people’s attention.

Richard Sherman (+2500) has hit the headlines in the days leading up to the game, while Brandon LaFell (+5000) has been talked up as a potential MVP this time around (all odds from AllYouBet Sportsbook are subject to change).

So who’s your money on this year? Are you going for one of the favorites or does an outside bet take your fancy? Have your say in the comments section below.


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An Idiot’s Guide to Betting On Super Bowl XLIX

As well as being the biggest sporting event in the world, Super Bowl XLIX is the biggest gambling event in the world. You can bet on the game, the coin flip, the national anthem, the half time show, the colour of the Gatorade shower. If it happens on Sunday night, you can bet on it. But where to start with such an array of options? Here’s a newbie’s guide to avoid losing all your money on Super Bowl XLIX.

DON’T BET ON THE COIN TOSS

Betting on the pregame coin flip is the most tempting, yet most futile of all Super Bowl gambles. The odds of winning are 50/50, yet the returns are lower. There’s no skill, no advantage. It’s utterly pointless. A sneakier bet, is for the Seahawks to get the first possession and/or score first. The odds on this shouldn’t be overly weighted, but New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick (yes, him of the deflated balls) will always defer the kickoff and give the opposition the ball. (And if you really want to bet on the coin toss, remember, tails never fails.)

GO ALL IN ON SAFETIES

The odds on a safety appearing in a Super Bowl are always monstrously high (+500 with Intertops.eu) and yet in two of the last three Super Bowls, there’s been a safety. With pressure as high as it gets, mistakes are possible, and with late tactical tweaks from two of the smartest coaches around in the offing, we may even see a repeat of Baltimore’s deliberate safety from two years ago.

CLOSE GAME HEROICS

A couple of minor prop bets here: firstly, have a look at their being a score in the final two minutes of the first half (-300 with AllYouBet.ag). In Tom Brady and Russell Wilson we’ll see two of the smartest QBs in football match up, and both possess fine clock management skills which could see you cashing in on this. The other one is this: we’ve never seen a Super Bowl go to overtime, but this looks like being one of the closest games in years, and may well end up being a pick’um. With that in mind, overtime is a definite possibility.

MVP

There are two ways to approach MVP betting – the smart, QB focused approach, or the fun, ‘who’s going to become a hero’ approach. The QB approach is to back the quarterback of whichever team you think will win – as the QBs, more often than not, come away with the individual prize. Alternatively, you could look for other possibilities. Marshawn Lynch, in possible his last game as a Seahawk, is a strong shout for Seattle, but why not look further down the list. Last year’s MVP Malcolm Smith has barely been heard from since, but saw two turnovers land in his lap. Kam Chancellors’ big play ability may give him an outside shot at the award, and he possibly should have won it last year. For the Patriots, have a look at the Gronk, Rob Gronkowski. The big tight end is Tom Brady’s favourite weapon, and covering tight ends is one of the few weaknesses of the fearsome Seattle defense.

Betting Instinct tip Rob Gronkowski to be named Super Bowl MVP is +1000 with Intertops.eu

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Jamie avatar JAMIE CUTTERIDGE (jamiecutteridge) is a journalist for a real magazine, but spends an inordinate  amount of time writing about NFL. He’s the editor-in-chief of anygivensundaynight.co.uk and its associated  twitter feed @UKNFL

Patriots and Seahawks to lock horns in closely contested Super Bowl

The Seahawks and Patriots have met only a handful of times this century

The Seahawks and Patriots have met only a handful of times this century

It’s that time of year again; the Super Bowl is upon us, and this year’s promises to be one of the best in recent memory.

The Seattle Seahawks – last year’s Super Bowl winners – take on the New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona a week on Sunday for the right to win the Lombardi Trophy.

 

Super Bowl XLIX Betting Odds:

New England Patriots -120

Seattle Seahawks +100

(All odds provided by Intertops.eu are accurate as of today and subject to change)

 

The Seahawks’ road to the Super Bowl was far more dramatic that it was a year ago; a comfortable win over the Carolina Panthers was followed up with a staggering comeback against the Green Bay Packers. Quarterback Russell Wilson threw four interceptions before eventually throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to win the game in overtime, with the Packers blowing a 16 point lead.

The Patriots had it in reverse – a tense, close win over the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round, before swatting aside the Indianapolis Colts in a 45-7 thumping to reach the Super Bowl for a sixth time under the leadership of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

 

Whilst the Seahawks hammered the Denver Broncos 43-8 in New York a year ago, this year’s game should be far closer affair.

The game will hinge on how New England’s superb offense, spearheaded by Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski, will manage to move the ball against a vaunted Seahawks defense, with Richard Sherman leading ‘the Legion of Boom’ – the nickname for the Seahawks secondary.

The two teams have played each other just three times since 2000, but the last game saw Seattle win 24-23 in 2012, with Brady and Sherman clashing as they walked off the field in a rivalry that will finally be renewed on the biggest stage of all.

On the other side of the ball, Seattle are methodical, relying mostly on running back Marshawn Lynch and the improvisation of quarterback Russell Wilson, whilst New England will be hoping for a shutdown game from star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is playing in his first Super Bowl.

 

There were more than 50 points in last season’s game, but it would be something of a surprise to see that happen again. It should be a much, much tighter encounter than when Seattle dominated Denver last season, with head coach Pete Carroll no doubt desperate to stop his former employers winning a fourth Super Bowl since he left New England.

With a win, Seattle can become the first team to win successive Super Bowls since the Patriots in 2004 and 2005, but the Patriots are slight favourites with most bookmakers in an incredibly close market so far.

Betting Instinct tip – Back less than 48 points at -110 with AllYouBet.ag

 

Olly avatarOLLY DAWES is a Sports Management graduate and sports journalist for Here Is The City, whilst he also writes about NFL for Colts Authority.

NFL set for its elite eight!

NFL Divisional Playoffs this weekend!

Tom Brady is looking to lead the Patriots a step closer to Super Bowl glory!

The race to Super Bowl XLIX continues to pick up momentum as we head into the Divisional Playoff round of games this weekend. The top four teams from the regular season are back after their weekend off and are the bookies’ picks to continue their quest towards the biggest single game in US sport on February 1st.

Wild Card weekend saw the Carolina Panthers take down the ailing Arizona Cardinals to be “rewarded” with a trip to face defending Super Bowl champions Seattle. The Seahawks, who started the season looking anything other than potential “repeaters”, are now the team of the moment in the league. They are almost unbeatable in front of their own boisterous crowd at CenturyLink Field and even the most loyal of Carolina fans will admit to them having little chance of causing an upset.

The same cannot be said of the other three weekend matchups. Whilst the Packers, Patriots and Broncos all start their home games as warm favourites, the Cowboys, Ravens and Colts have the qualities to get the job done on the road. Baltimore, especially, looked good when defeating AFC North rivals Pittsburgh in their Wild Card encounter last week and Men In Purple have won two of three postseason encounters at Foxboro since 2000.

Many neutral fans would love to see yet another instalment of the Tom Brady/Peyton Manning rivalry in the AFC Championship Game, but there is still plenty of work to be done by both the Pats and the Broncos before this showdown can become reality.

NFL Divisional Playoffs Odds

Baltimore Ravens 3.45 New England Patriots 1.34

Carolina Panthers 4.90 Seattle Seahawks 1.19

Dallas Cowboys 3.20 Green Bay Packers 1.38

Indianapolis Colts 3.45 Denver Broncos 1.34

All odds provided by allyoubet.ag are accurate as of today and subject to change

CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football.  Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI

Welcome to gambling Christmas: the Super Bowl

You can bet on almost anything at the Super Bowl, even the toss of a coin

You can bet on almost anything at the Super Bowl, even the toss of a coin

Merry Christmas! Kind of, because you see, while the Super Bowl is many things to many people, to gamblers, specifically NFL gamblers – it’s our Christmas. This season will be no different, with a heap of different stuff to bet on, as well as one of the tastiest looking matchups in years – Denver Broncos taking on the Seattle Seahawks. Here’s the plan – we’ll take a quick look at the game, and then get on to the fun bits – the bets.

 

Seattle Seahawks v Denver Broncos Betting Odds

Seattle win – 1.98

Denver win – 1.78

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

It’s hardly possible to express too much excitement about this matchup. What Peyton Manning has done this season is something else. The Broncos’ offensive unit which he has led has set a record for points, while he has set single-season yardage and touchdown records. His set of receivers offers countless weapons. Well, not countless, that would be ridiculous, but the receiving quartet of the Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker would be pretty terrifying with an average QB at the helm, with Peyton Manning in control, it’s downright obscene, and their running game, spearheaded by Knowshon Moreno is a more than useful accompaniment.

However, Peyton and co will face one of the best defences in the history of the league. A pass rush that can get to the QB in any number of ways, and a secondary led by ‘that guy’ Richard Sherman and backed up by the best safety in football, Earl Thomas. It couldn’t be a tougher test for Peyton, nor could this secondary face a tougher one.

 

It feels like those two will cancel each other out, so the game may come down to how well Seattle can score. Russell Wilson has yet to catch fire in the playoffs, but with x-factor Percy Harvin back and BEAST MODE Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, they’ve got weapons. The Denver D is missing a big piece in Von Miller, but have performed brilliantly against the Patriots and Chargers in the playoffs thus far – two of the best offensive units in the league.

To be honest, we could talk for hours about the game. Here’s the deal – Seattle opened up as favourites, the line quickly moved to make Denver favourites, it’s going to be tight between easily the two best teams in the league, I say grab the points.

 

Betting Instinct Tip  – Seattle +2.5 is 1.91 at allyoubet.ag, get all over that.

 

Now for the fun bit, the Super Bowl has all kind of rubbish you can bet on. Here are a few of my favourites. (All of these are found at Intertops.eu)

 

Heads or tails: 1.98

You can bet on stuff that happens before kickoff! C’mon, who doesn’t want some of that! I’m not going to tell you which way to go, but this is always a fun way to get the gambling night going.

Total penalty yards 126 or over: 2.50

This is an odd little bet, but Denver and Seatle are two of the most penalised teams in the league, averaging over 130 yards a game combined, add in a some Super Bowl nerves (offside and false start penalties) and chippiness (RICHARD SHERMAN) and this one should go over.

More goals in West Brom-Liverpool than Peyton Manning TD passes: 1.87

Cross-sport bets are brilliant and I love this one. Peyton will score points, but Liverpool scored four midweek, and West Brom lost by the odd goal in seven.

There will be a defensive/special team TD: 2.35

There has never been an NFL post-season with a defensive or special teams touchdown. There hasn’t been one so far during the playoffs, bet on the streak to keep going, especially with Percy Harvin involved.

The MVP to thank his coach(es) first: 9.00

I’m all over this one – a lovely bet to finish the night. The MVP will (probably) be a quarterback, Russell Wilson has had Pete Carroll onside from the start, while John Fox’s belief in Peyton brought him to Denver. (Though you may want to cover a Russell Wilson win by taking God at 4.50.)

 

And if you’re still looking for somewhere to watch the game, head down to Bloomsbury Lanes for the mother of all Super Bowl parties. Fun and games, beer pong, pool, bowling, food, we’ve got it covered. Details and tickets at www.bloomsburylive.com/superbowl

 

Jamie avatarJAMIE CUTTERIDGE (jamiecutteridge) is a journalist for a real magazine, but spends an inordinate amount of time writing about NFL. He’s the editor-in-chief of anygivensundaynight.co.uk and its associated twitter feed @UKNFL

Potential classic on the cards at Super Bowl XLVIII

The eyes of the world will be focused on the MetLife Stadium this weekend

The eyes of the world will be focused on the MetLife Stadium this weekend

As we count down the days until Super Bowl XLVIII, Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium is getting harder and harder to call.

Both the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are making a strong case for punters to back them, and the number one seeds from the NFC and AFC could make for an all-time classic.

Super Bowl XLVIII Betting Odds

Denver Broncos to win – 1.78

Seattle Seahawks to win – 1.98

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

The Broncos go into the game with a formidable offense, outscoring their nearest competitors by more than 100 points over the course of the regular season and seeing off San Diego and New England in the playoffs.

However if one team can deal with the Denver threat it’s the Seahawks, whose young side will hope to be a match for a Broncos line-up headlined by seasoned veteran and former Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning.

So get the beers in, place your bets, put your feet up and prepare for what looks like being an encounter for the ages.

Betting Instinct Tip – Seattle to lead at half-time but Denver to win the game is 3.98 with GR88.com

tvTOM VICTOR (editor)  is the editor and co-founder of Betting Instinct. He has written for a variety of sports sites in the past, including JustFootball, Footy Matters and BeNeFoot.

Super Bowl Winner Too Tough to Call — MVP Bets Getting a Lot of Action

Too hard to predict who'll win the Super Bowl? No worries -- there are loads of other Super Bowl odds and props to choose from!

Too hard to predict who’ll win the Super Bowl? No worries — there are loads of other Super Bowl odds and props to choose from!

The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks both entered the playoffs as number one seeds and had exactly the same wins/losses record, so predicting a Super Bowl winner might require a crystal ball. However, since, Seattle is better at home and Peyton Manning’s already won a Super Bowl, Intertops Sportsbook oddsmakers are giving the Broncs a  slight advantage.

If you’re like me and don’t have psychic powers have a look at some of the other Super Bowl odds and props listed at the world’s first online sportsbook.

Intertops says they’re getting a lot of action on their MVP bets. They’re even taking bets on who the MVP will thank first! Peyton Manning (+100) leads the MVP odds list, followed by Russell Wilson (+350) and Marshawn Lynch (+500). Oddsmakers expect him to thank one or all of his teammates first (+275), if not then either God (+350) or nobody at all (+350).

Intertops Sportsbook has rolled out some generous special offers for Super Bowl XLVIII: a $100 Free Bet and a $100 Bonus. A 20% up to $100 Super Bowl Deposit Bonus will be added to all deposits made between now and kick-off February 2nd. And everyone wagering $1,000 on Super Bowl bet offers before January 29th can claim a $100 Postseason Free Bet on January 30th.

“It should be a fascinating contest between the best offense and the best defense in the league” said Intertops’ sportsbetting blogger ‘tipsterchris’ “This game is between superstar quarterback Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson, a young man who has the potential to emulate him in the future.”

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The Gamblogger gambling blogGAMBLOGGER (gamblogger) is one of the editors of BettingInstinct. He talks mainly about poker and casino games in his gambling blog and on his YouTube channel but can’t help but get caught up in sports betting during Super Bowl and March Madness.

Close battle anticipated at Super Bowl XLVIII

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Peyton Manning is favourite to be named MVP

Last year’s Super Bowl was one of the closest this century, with the Baltimore Ravens edging out the San Francisco 49ers by 34 points to 31, and AllYouBet.ag expects the 2014 version between Seattle and Denver to be another tight battle.

The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are the number one seeds from the NFC and AFC respectively, and will go head-to-head in what AllYouBet anticipates to be a low-scoring game.

Super Bowl XLVIII Betting Odds

Seattle Seahawks win – 2.10

Denver Broncos win – 1.77

(All odds provided by AllYouBet.ag are accurate as of today and subject to change)

 

Seattle has one of the hottest players in the NFL in Marshawn Lynch, who followed his 14 regular season touchdowns with three more in postseason. Lynch leads the way in the anytime touchdown scorer at 1.44, with Denver’s Demaryius Thomas (1.90) and Knowshon Moreno (2.00) both fancied to end impressive years on a high.

There are plenty of other markets available at AllYouBet, with Peyton Manning favourite to be named MVP at 2.00. You can even play the Super Bowl against this weekend’s English Premier League soccer action, by betting on whether you think the number of successful field goals on Sunday will be higher or lower than the number of goals scored in the London Derby between Arsenal and CrystalPalace.

AllYouBet.ag has a number of generous offers ahead of one of the biggest games on the world sporting calendar. Deposit up to $100 using bonus code SBBONUS14 to receive a 50% bonus absolutely free or earn a $50 monthly free bet by wagering a total of $500 on NFL, NHL or NBA outrights before the end of January.

Betting Instinct Tip – If you fancy the slight underdog, Seattle to win by 1-6 points is 5.00 with AllYouBet.ag

tvTOM VICTOR (editor)  is the editor and co-founder of Betting Instinct. He has written for a variety of sports sites in the past, including JustFootball, Footy Matters and BeNeFoot.

No need for hype as two #1 seeds clash at Super Bowl XLVIII

NFL fans across the globe can look forward to a Super Bowl clash between the two number 1 seeds, Denver and Seattle.

NFL fans across the globe can look forward to a Super Bowl clash between the two number 1 seeds, Denver and Seattle.

The biggest single sporting attraction in US sport need no extra hype this time around, as for just the second time in the last twenty years NFL fans across the globe can look forward to a Super Bowl clash between the two number 1 seeds. Both Denver and Seattle have dominated their conferences all season long, were rewarded as such with home games in the playoffs and are now ready to battle it out at Super Bowl XLVIII. It should be a fascinating contest between the best offense and the best defense in the league, as well as between veteran superstar quarterback Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson, a young man who has the potential to emulate him in the future.

Two years after returning to action after major neck surgery, 37-year-old Manning continued his amazing season piling up 400 passing yards against the Patriots on Sunday. After winning his duel with age-long Tom Brady, he now wants to secure his second Super Bowl ring after 2007 (with Indianapolis) by picking apart a ferocious Seattle defense which allowed just 231 points in 16 regular season outings. Winning a Super Bowl against Manning would be yet another amazing landmark in the meteoric rise to fame of 25-year-old Wilson. In just his second year as starter, he has put in performances way beyond his years, keeping his team at the very forefront of the NFC Conference race and has now been rewarded with a matchup against a legend.

Oddmakers slightly favour Denver in early markets, with the Manning-factor likely to play a major role in their thoughts, but a lot can happen in the two weeks until the big game and one thing is for sure, Wilson and his teammates have the self-belief that could lead to a first ever Super Bowl title for the Seahawks!

Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos: Super Bowl XLVIII Odds

Seahawks 2.10
Broncos 1.77

(Odds supplied by www.intertops.eu are accurate as of today and subject to change)

 

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chrisives-50CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football.  Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI.