Super Bowl XLIX is right around the corner, coming to us this Sunday, the 1st of February, 2015, from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 PM ET and the Big Game will be televised on NBC TV. The U of Phoenix Stadium just happens to be the same place this past Sunday we saw the NFL 2015 Pro Bowl game that was quite interesting.
In this 49th Super Bowl, the Patriots of New Enland are favorites, but not by much over their opponent the Seahawks of Seattle. The Patriots of New England features the 4th ranked NFL offense which averaged scoring some 29 points each game, while on the other side the Seahawks of Seattle are wti the NFL’s best defense that in 2014 only allowed opponents to score 15.8 points per game. Both of these teams were top seeds in their individual leagues, the AFC for New England and the NFC for Seattle. So now we will have a look at the XLIX match-ups and picks.
The Patriots of New England today are -1 with the total 47 ½ and -115 on Money Line, and are 10-8 Against the Spread and 14-4 SU.
In 16 of their regular season games the Patriots of New England went over the total some 9 times, and in the 2 playoff games they also went over the total. Their QB Brady is a future Hall of Famer and the Coach Belichick always has prepared defense. The Patriots goal in this game is to stop the Seattle running game and their RB Lynch on Super Bowl Sunday. New England only allowed 19.6 points per game to their opponents this past 2014 season.
The Seahawks of Seattle today are +1 and -105 on Money Line, and are 13-5 Against the Spread and 14-4 SU. The Seahawks of Seattle in their 16 regular season game went under the total some 8 times, and over the total 8 times, as well and over in their playoff games. Their No.1 defense will attempt to contain the New England offensive and their troublesome TE Gronkowski who can be a game changer. He’s a player that the defense sometimes has to use double coverage, which leaves other players open.
The here’s some interesting notes on both teams: Seattle is a team that usually gets off to a slow start and in the 1st half of their games they only had a 198-170 edge in scoring. In the 2nd half the usually turn it up a notch and outscore 255-123 their opponents. For the Patriots they were balanced somewhat better as in the 1st half they outscore their opponents 292-194 and in the 2nd half 265-157. The Patriots have played in 5 Super Bowls with QB Brady and Coach Belichick winning the 1st three, then losing their last 2 to the Giants of New York.
Then let’s look at some game trends, as New England in their last 15 games, are 4-11 Against the Spread, and 0-4 Against the Spread in their last 4 Super Bowls. On the other side Seattle in their last 7 playoff games is 5-2 Against the Spread. In New England’s five Super Bowls they were 4-1 under, while in Seattle’s last 12 playoff games they are 9-3 over.