Super Bowl 2014 betting line: Seattle Seahawks open as favorite, but line shifts quickly to Denver Broncos
The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos punched their tickets into Super Bowl XLVIII with wins on Sunday.
The Seahawks rallied for a 23-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.
The Broncos beat the New England Patriots, 26-16, in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo.
Now, part of the attention will turn toward the betting line for the game, which features the NFL's most prolific offense in the Broncos and its stingiest defense in the Seahawks.
No clear favorite was established as the initial lines opened anywhere between the Broncos as a two-point favorite to the Seahawks as a two-point favorite.
According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, Bovada had the Broncos as a one-point favorite:
The guys @BovadaLV have Denver as 1-point favorites over the Seahawks— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) January 20, 2014
While the Wynn Las Vegas had the Seahawks as a one-point favorite:
Wynn Las Vegas makes Seattle a one-point favorite.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) January 20, 2014
The Associated Press' Tim Dahlberg reported the Las Vegas Hilton sports book had the Seahawks as a two-point favorite:
"[Jay] Kornegay said he made the Seahawks a 2-point favorite in his opening line because the Seahawks have a slightly higher power rating than the Broncos and a defense that might be the key in a game played outdoors in what could be cold temperatures."
However, the line swung quickly to make the Broncos a one-point favorite:
"Bettors, though, liked Peyton Manning and his chances of winning another Super Bowl, and they didn't wait long to bet the Broncos. Sports books adjust the line to try to balance money on each team, and the LVH went from posting Seattle as a 2-point favorite to Denver being favored by 1 point in less than an hour."
It's still early and the line can still move significantly as more money comes in.
If the opening lines are any indication, the Super Bowl should be a close game between the league's top two teams.
The Super Bowl is scheduled for Sunday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.