Super Bowl XLVIII Betting News & Notes
The Super Bowl point spread doesn’t have much wiggle room before hitting the key number of three.
The vast majority of sportsbooks in Nevada and offshore had the Denver Broncos favored by 2.5 points over the Seattle Seahawks heading into the weekend, but there were a few shops that had Denver -3.
Bovada had been offering Seattle at +3 throughout the week, but even at the inflated number on the underdog 60 percent of the action was still on the Broncos.
The Super Bowl total could be found anywhere from 47 to 47.5, with all eyes on the February 2 weather forecast for MetLife Stadium and East Rutherford, N.J.
You can track the Super Bowl line over the next week at six sportsbooks right here.
Weather.com’s Super Bowl Sunday forecast is calling for a 30 percent chance of snow with a high of 35 and a low of 25. Winds, however, are expected to be light.
Be advised that the NFL has discussed contingency plans to play the Super Bowl on a day other than Sunday, if weather becomes an issue. Most sportsbooks have instituted rules that all Super Bowl bets will be action if the game is moved, but it is always a good idea to check your book’s rules.
Super Bowl Injury News
Seattle WR Percy Harvin has been cleared to play in the Super Bowl. Harvin suffered a concussion in the Seahawks’ playoff win over the New Orleans Saints and sat out the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers. Harvin passed the NFL concussion protocol and will play against the Denver Broncos. The versatile Harvin adds another element to a Seattle offense that has struggled down the stretch.
Denver RB Knowshon Moreno returned to practice this week, but in limited fashion. The Broncos’ leading rusher is battling bruised ribs.
Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch had not practiced through Thursday, resting his ailing knee.