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.

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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.

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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.

The best four teams are just what the doctor ordered for NFL Conference Championships

On Sunday two of NFL football's greatest-ever quarterbacks renew their age-old rivalry

On Sunday two of NFL football’s greatest-ever quarterbacks renew their age-old rivalry.

The very nature of the NFL playoff system, where one off-day means the end of your season, means it is not always taken for granted that the best four teams in the league make it to the Conference Championship Games. This season, however, this is the case! Sports fans across North America will be glued to their screens on Sunday when two of the game’s greatest-ever quarterbacks renew their age-old rivalry, whilst a couple of young guys who look destined to emulate their stardom, continue to build the story of theirs.

The AFC title game sees Tom Brady and his Patriots travel to Mile High Stadium in Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The two star quarterbacks duelled for supremacy in the AFC many times during Manning’s time at Indianapolis, but it’s Brady who enjoys an overall 10-4 record against his foe. The last time Brady played an AFC Championship Game on the road, however, was in 2007 when he lost 38-34 to Manning’s Colts and most experts expect a similar scoreline this time around. Denver has enjoyed a formidable season and home advantage could well see them through.

Home advantage is something very much on people’s minds when talking about the NFC Conference Game. Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is renowned throughout football as being the loudest and most inhospitable stadium for road teams to visit. San Francisco has been undoubtedly one of the best teams in the country over the last two seasons but even they have lost on both their visits to Seattle – and that by a combined score of 71-16! Most eyes will be on the duel between rising quarterback stars Kaepernick and Wilson, but both teams have defensive lineups that can make the difference on any given day. Points could indeed be at a premium in this one, but that crowd could just make the difference.

New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos Odds
Patriots 2.90
Broncos 1.43

San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks Odds
49ers 2.65
Seahawks 1.53

(All odds supplied by www.allyoubet.ag 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.

Battle of the Quarterbacks Dominates Playoff Schedule

Will Andrew Luck (#12) come out on top against Tom Brady?

Will Andrew Luck (#12) come out on top against Tom Brady?

Betting Instinct blogger Zito Madu previews all four of the NFL divisional matchups

Indianapolis @ New England

The match-up between two marquee Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, the all-American Golden Boy (Man) of New England, 3-time Superbowl champion and Uggs model. Against Andrew Luck, a legend in the making, accurate and undeterred in the face of the seemingly impossible with a forest-like neck beard. Both of these quarterbacks have made miracles an everyday thing this season, Brady with numerous last minute wins in the regular season, and Luck, more recently, showing that the Colts are never truly out of a game with him at the QB position against the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend.

Both teams offenses come down to these two players, with New England’s situation at receiver making national headlines during the course of the regular season: Aaron Hernandez arrested for murder, Rob Gronkowski’s surgery, return and then subsequent knee injury taking him out for the rest of the season and a very long time, the injury prone-ness of Danny Amendola and the inexperience of the rookies. There’s also questions at running back for The Patriots with Steven Ridley willing to give the ball to the opposing team by the way of fumbles and Shane Vereen’s inability to stay healthy leaving only Blount (and Bolden) as the most dependable of the group.
On the Indianapolis side of things, you have the fact that they traded a first round pick for Trent Richardson (who wants to make a statement in this game), master of the 2 yard run, who lost his starting place to Donald Brown who seems to be a star on the rise. The Colts best weapon besides for Andrew Luck’s brain, T.Y Hilton, has been on a tear lately. Matched against an ailing New England defense he looks poised for a big game unless Aqib Talib rediscovers his early season form (which was, to be fair cut short by injury. Having a bye week is sure to be a big boost for him). For the rest of the receiving corps, it’s nothing to write home about with Coby Fleener being the standout of the group as Darrius Heyward-Bey seems to be suffering from injury as well.

New England comes in suffering injuries to many key defensive players: Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes recently, Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Adrian Wilson, so on and so forth. The Colts on the other hand, while not suffering from the same injury bug as New England are abysmal in defending the run (as the Patriots have been after losing Wilfork and Mayo), ranking 26th and generally ranking 20th in pass yards allowed with 357.1 yards a game.
With all of the injuries and plain ineffectiveness of the offense and defense of both teams, this game looks set to come down to which Quarterback plays better or which one decides to lead another miraculous comeback in the final few minutes of the game.

Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots Betting Odds

Indianapolis win – 3.55

New England win – 1.36

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

Saints @ Seahawks

The last time these two met, the Seahawks didn’t just win against the Saints, they beat them down 34-7 and limited Drew Brees to 147 yards passing. Of course, this was in the regular season and before the Saints became the Road Warriors (They finally won a road playoff game after a 0-9 start) they are today. Sean Payton has been doing the best that he can, short of kidnapping the Seahawks starters, to replicate the environment that the Saints will encounter, though it’s not yet quite clear if painting the Seahawks logo on their practice field will prepare them well enough for the real thing.

The Saints will be hoping Drew Brees plays like his usual self in the matchup and not his road version, who is prone to turnovers and wobbly passes. The Seahawks of course, have the best young Quarterback in the league and arguably one of the best as of right now in Russell Wilson, who can make plays with his arm and his feet but is not as run happy as many other mobile quarterbacks of his age. And now with the returning Percy Harvin, he welcomes in another weapon to an offense that was desperately needing of passing weapons.

The Seahawks also have a defense that was ranked first in points given up, yards conceded, and pass yards conceded, falling short to 7th on rush yards (which the Saints should look to exploit with their rejuvenated running game and a motivated Mark Ingram), and lets not forget the 12th man who also add a different dimension to their defense.

The key to this game will come down to how the Saints deal with the multi-faceted offense of Seattle and if they will be able to crack a defense that is seemingly impregnable.

New Orleans @ Seattle Betting odds

New Orleans Saints – 3.85

Seattle Seahawks – 1.26

(Odds supplied by Bulldog777.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

San Diego @ Denver

This game looks as if it should be a blowout in Denver’s favor. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the exploits of Peyton Manning this season, who shattered Tom Brady’s record for most passing touchdowns in a single season and then also Drew Brees’ record for most passing yards in a single season.

He leads an offense that’s ranked first in everything but rushing yards and even that seems to be coming along well, an offense that broke the record for most points in a season and one that seems poised to lay waste to any team in its path. Except for apparently San Diego. The Chargers who barely made the playoffs (thanks to the Chiefs reserves and Succop), are one of the few teams that have beaten the Broncos this season.

More than that, the Chargers seem to always find a way to be near perfect in order to beat Peyton Manning, whether in a Colts uniform or a Broncos and Philip Rivers will once more need to play perfectly in order to keep up with Manning as there’s almost no way that;s ranked 29th in pass yards will be able to cop with the unlimited weapons on offense that the Broncos have.
Philip Rivers can take heed that the Broncos defense has steadily fallen off since the injury to Von Miller and the rise of Keenan Allen as a potential rookie of the year will be a boost against a team that doesn’t deal too well with the pass. After handling Cincy, the Chargers have shown that they belong in the playoffs and will be looking to conjure old whatever magic they have to once again stop Peyton Manning.

Betting Instinct Tip – Denver -9 is 1.91 with AllYouBet.ag

San Francisco @ Carolina

One and two of the NFC West face off in a battle between two dynamic QBs with incredible arm strength and game winning speed with each team boasting a top ranked defense. Carolina in 2nd in points given up, 2nd in yards total given up, 6th in pass yards and 2nd in rush yards while the Niners are 3rd in points, 5th in yards 7th in pass yards and 4th against rush yards. San Francisco has the edge on offense ranking 11th in points to Carolina’s 18th and with the return of the “Greatest catcher of all time” Michael Crabtree, their offense has finally hit its stride.

Now Carolina has to deal with the receivers, the ageless Frank Gore and the unpredictable Colin Kaepernick. That’s not to say that San Francisco will not have their hands full with Cam Newton seemingly becoming the unstoppable quarterback that many envisioned he would be. An accurate passer, Newton has learned to pick his spots with his runs, trust his receivers and trust that Ron Rivera will not hinder him anymore with conservative playcalling.

He will also be welcoming back the evergreen Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart back in this game so this game seems as if it’s going to come down to which team will grind it out more. The front seven of the Panthers have stopped Kaepernick before and will be looking for a repeat performance but the first year starter will be out for revenge for their embarrassing early season loss.

Betting Instinct Tip Carolina +2 is 1.73 with GR88.com

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e8erHZO3ZITO MADU (zitov2) is a writer for SBnation, and has written for Surreal Football, LiveBreatheFutbol, and numerous other sports sites

Bolts from the blue

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Despite just sneaking into the postseason at the last minute, San Diego’s prospects may be better than they seem.

What do all of the last four Super Bowl winners in common? They were all the first opponents that the Philadelphia Eagles faced at home during the NFL regular season! It is just a statistical fluke, but fans of the San Diego Chargers are hoping that the trend continues in the weeks ahead. Despite just sneaking into the postseason at the last minute, the prospect is not as crazy as it might seem at first glance, especially after the Bolts brushed aside the Bengals on the road during Wild Card weekend.

Quarterback Philip Rivers and co. have found their form just at the right time and it is momentum that often plays the crucial role in the destination of the Super Bowl title. Sunday sees the Chargers travel to Denver in the Divisional Playoff round where they take on the number one seeded Broncos. A tough task indeed against record-breaking Peyton Manning and a team that won 13 of 16 regular season games, racking up over 600 points in the process, but the visitors have one strong ace up their sleeve. On December 12th San Diego helped turn their season around by travelling to Mile High Stadium and beating the Broncos 27-20. Both teams will no doubt have that result on their minds when kick off approaches, but can we really expect a man of Manning’s class to forget the script as he looks for a second career-Super Bowl title? It should be an enthralling encounter, but the home team’s overall quality is likely to shine through in the end.

NFL Playoffs: San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos odds:

Chargers              4.20

Broncos                1.24

(Odds provided by AllYouBet Sportsbook current of today, but subject to change)

Broncos unbeatable at home

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Quarterback superstar Peyton Manning and his boys welcome AFC West rival San Diego Chargers to Mile High Stadium tonight.

We’re into Week 15 of the NFL season and slowly but surely we have reached the crunch games as far as the playoff picture is concerned. One team certain to play a prominent role in the postseason are the Broncos and it is Mile High Stadium in Denver that plays host to the weekend’s opener on Thursday. Quarterback superstar Peyton Manning and his boys welcome AFC West rival San Diego confident of putting up another impressive showing to add to their Conference-best 11-2 record.

The Broncs have bounced back from a tough overtime loss at New England in Week 12 by beating both the Chiefs and the Titans in the last two weeks. Manning has led the way in style throwing nine TDs in those two games and he will be looking forward to facing a Chargers’ defense that he dissected with ease in a 28-20 road win at San Diego in Week 10.

For the visitors, Thursday’s game could yet prove to be the key to their faint playoff hopes. Their 6-7 record currently sees them sitting in eighth place in the AFC, but a win at the mighty Broncos would prove such a confidence-booster that anything could still be possible. All that being said, the hosts have a perfect 7-0 record in front of their own fans and they don’t have intention of putting a blemish on that…!

Betting Odds:  NFL Week 15 Thursday Night Game

San Diego Chargers         5.10

Denver Broncos                1.18

(Odds provided by AllYouBet Sportsbook are current as of today, but 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.

Fired-up Patriots Could Edge Out Denver in NFL Game of the Week

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Can Tom Brady lead the Patriots to victory?

Broncos @ Patriots

The marquee matchup of week 12 of the NFL season is the 7-3 New England Patriots (2.04 with GEObet.com) taking on the 9-1 Denver Broncos (1.73). Or more pertinently, it’s the 14th instalment of Tom Brady v Peyton Manning.

They are two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, happen to have played against each other for almost all of their careers and in the same way people will debate Messi v Ronaldo, The Beatles v The Stones, De Niro v Pacino, Hypno Disc v Chaos 2 (Not sure our American readers will get that one – ed.), who is better out of Brady and Manning will be argued for decades to come. Brady has the more Super Bowls, the super model girlfriend and an appearance on Entourage, while Manning has the better stats, the sibling rivalry (brother Eli has won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants) and the scowl of a Supervillain.

This year Manning is winning their particular duel, the Broncos scaling new heights when it comes to their offense, with him on pace to break records for touchdowns, passing yards and quarterback rating. To break those records, aged 37 and just two years after neck surgery which stopped him playing for the whole of 2011 and nearly ended his career would even by his lofty standards be the zenith of his career to date.

But as awesome as the Broncos are on offense, their defense is fallible. They rank 21st out of 32 in points against and are 28th against the pass. The secondary in particular is weak and prone to collapse when pressured. While they may have the most potent offense in league history, there are obvious weaknesses. And if there’s a team good at targeting a weakness, it’s the Patriots.

The Patriots are not the team they were a few years back, but in Brady and Coach Bill Belichick have the smartest, brawniest, most cunning player-coach combination in perhaps all of sports. If you wanted a coach to concoct a plan so cunning you could brush your teeth with it, Belichick’s your man.

The Broncos with their awesome offense will be favoured to win. But the Patriots are as tough and cunning an opponent as you can get, and will be fired up after a controversial loss to Carolina last week. Don’t be surprised if they win this one.

Betting Instinct tip: Patriots to win by 1-6 is 5.00 with AllYouBet.ag

49ers @ Redskins

These are troubled times for the nation’s capital NFL team. For a start, a story that has been rumbling in the background this season has been the realisation amongst certain people (it’s only taken a couple of centuries) that naming a team ‘Redskins’ might just be a teensy bit offensive towards Native Americans. The team was named the Redskins in 1933 by owner George Preston Marshall – the “Leading racist in the NFL.” Quite something to win this award decades before the Civil Rights Movement. Nonetheless, current owner Daniel Snyder is refusing to change the team name, despise protests by demonstrators and calls ranging from writers to ex-players for the name to change.

On the field, Washington (3.05 with Bulldog777.com)  is having a miserable season, 2-8 with one of the league’s worst defenses. They are also squabbling in the media, with a botched play in last week’s 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles the catalyst for this game of claim and counter-claim. Star quarterback Robert Griffin III said after the game the Eagles defense ‘kind of knew what was coming’, a supposed barb at the almost certainly soon to be fired head coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan a day later refuted this. Then veteran wide receiver Santana Moss stuck his oar in, saying Griffin III should take more accountabilitybut that he has ‘no issues’ with the young QB. Issues, schmissues – Washington are currently a band where none of the members are happy talking to one another.

All the dirty washing Washington are hanging out in public for all to see is taking attention away from the 49ers (1.36) who themselves are in the middle of a slump in form. Amongst the Super Bowl favourites before the season, they are currently only 6-4, coming off two consecutive losses and have an offense looking more and more anaemic by the week. The defense frankly looks more likely to score points a lot of the time than the offense.

But that defense of theirs is still amongst the NFL’s finest units, and should comfortably be enough against Washington. Even without Aldon Smith they possess a boatload of talent on that side of the ball and last week, with little help from the offense, kept New Orleans down to only 23 points and almost won them a game they had no business winning.

Expect a 49ers victory.

Betting Instinct Tip: 49ers -6 is 1.91 with Intertops Sportsbook

Rest of the league

8-2 New Orleans should thump a 2-8 Atlanta team torn apart by injuries…the New York Jets record so far is WLWLWLWL so by that token should see them win against 4-6 Baltimore…4-6 Cleveland have lost four of their last five while the also 4-6 Pittsburgh have won four of their last six and will surely make that five wins in seven…6-4 Detroit are inconsistent but even they surely can’t lose at home to 2-8 Tampa Bay…6-4 Green Bay may have a quarterback’s no one heard of in Scott Tolzein but have you heard of 2-8 Minnesota being good enough to win at Lambeau Field? Me neither…2-8 Houston were so bad last week they booed their own coach in his first game back after suffering a mini-stroke in the middle of a game, so it’s good they take on human punching bags 1-9Jacksonville…9-1 Kansas City have a monstrous defense which should ease them to victory at home to 4-6 San Diego…6-4 Chicago should have too much for 4-6 St Louis…6-4 Indianapolis with their laughable power running game are up against one of the NFL’s best defences as they take on 6-4 Arizona in a genuine pick ‘em matchup…McGloinmania may heat the NFL if undrafted rookie Matt McGloin leads 4-6 Oakland to victory against collapsing 4-6 Tennessee…5-5Dallas’ quest to be the most entertaining ever .500 team in NFL history sees them take on division rivals, the 4-6 New York Giants.

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