The Denver Broncos come into the Super Bowl with a 12-4 regular season record, and a 2-0 postseason record, putting them at 14-4 on the year. That record is good for the best in the entire AFC, but sadly, in the NFC, their competitors beat them out with a 17-1 total record. The Broncos are a strange team to have in the Super Bowl because throughout the season they haven’t really looked “spectacular”. Their veteran leadership has won them games time and time again, and they’ve barely scathed by a few teams. This quality is what makes them a dark horse with the best Super Bowl odds.
Everyone is wondering, though… “Is it wise to wager on the Denver Broncos?”. Aside from the few people who are going to chuck money on the biggest underdog in the game (currently at +200), there are some people who are going to analyze this game and break it down and find that betting on the Broncos isn’t crazy at all. Let’s look at a few reasons why betting on the Broncos could pay you huge dividends come February 7th.
They Are a Much More Experienced Team:
Nobody will argue with this – the Broncos are the most experienced team of the two, by far. With two Super Bowl visits in the past three years and five straight division titles, the Broncos have been a powerhouse as of late. Peyton Manning is arguably the most experienced quarterback in the NFL. Many of these players have been around for numerous playoff games and know how to win in these situations. They’re also hungry after their 43-8 defeat to the Seahawks only two years ago in the Super Bowl. To add to this, it is likely to be Peyton Manning’s last game.
Defense Wins Championships:
An old adage: “defense wins championships”. The Broncos are the number one rated defensive team in the NFL, which is surprising considering their usual offensive prowess. No team has been able to shut down Cam Newton yet this year, but if any team is going to do it, it’s going to be the Broncos. They had Tom Brady’s head spinning just a week ago at Mile High Stadium. They held Ben Roethlisberger to one touchdown a week before Brady’s struggles. The last person to stop on their list: Cam Newton. If they can get in Newton’s head, and cause him to make some mistakes, they are likely to not only cover, but to win this game.
Denver also has the “home field advantage” in a way, due to their close proximity to San Francisco. Fans from Carolina will have to make a cross-country trip to the game, all the way from Charlotte to San Francisco. Denver also has a more dedicated fanbase, of which is more likely to travel to the game.
In the end, I do think it is wise to bet on the Broncos. They have a serious shot at not only covering the spread at +6, but winning the game outright at +200.