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They may be Super Bowl underdogs, but no one is counting the Seattle Seahawks completely out. A rush of early betting action on the Denver Broncos may have transformed the Seahawks into underdogs, but doubting the underdog in recent Super Bowls has been a mistake. Here are five reasons why Seattle can win the big game.
Motivated Dog: The Seahawks get to hear about being the underdogs for two weeks. That type of motivation has helped underdogs cover the spread in five of the last six Super Bowls, including four outright wins. And Seattle has excelled in the underdog role, going 17-5-1 against the spread when getting points over the last three seasons. Like it has most of the season, Seattle will play with a chip on its shoulder.
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Original Favorite: Several sportsbooks, both online and in Vegas, pinned Seattle as the favorite when they hung opening lines Sunday night. Some shops had the Seahawks as high as 2-point favorites. But that changed quickly, as the public jumped all over the Broncos, who began the week as big as 3-point favorites. Which side would you rather be on, the public’s or the books’?
Better Defense: The value of defense is accentuated in cold, windy, rainy, or snowy conditions. Some or all could be in play Super Bowl Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. And Seattle definitely has the advantage on the defensive side of the ball. Anchored by the top secondary in the NFL, the Seahawks lead the league in pass defense and are seventh against the run.
Confidence: Like it or not, Richard Sherman and the Seahawks have swagger and aren’t afraid to show it. Seattle is the first team to reach the Super Bowl without a player on the roster who’s been to the Super Bowl previously. But this team isn’t going to be rattled by the big stage.
Turnovers: Seattle has an NFL-best plus-20 turnover margin. The Seahawks picked off 28 passes this season. They have a knack of turning a game around with a big turnover, just like they did in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers. And remember, Peyton Manning saw his Super Bowl hopes disappear after throwing a pick-six against the New Orleans Saints in 2009.