Considering we are only three days away from Superbowl 2014, Vegas oddsmakers and bettors are hustling to get their Seahawks vs Broncos wagers in and odds perfected in time for the big game.
Much like we saw in this year’s AFC and NFC Championships, oddsmakers around the world are proving to have a great poker face. In spite of the well-documented betting activity, betting lines, point spreads and point-totals remain unscathed.
On this Thursday morning, Sportsbook.com insists on favoring the Broncos (-2.5) against Seattle (+2.5) by a field goal in the ATS Superbowl odds department, the O/U totals 47 points, and straight-up lines have the Seahawks at +115 and the Broncos at -135.
But one thing that many people appear to be overlooking is injuries, particularly some that impair the favorite’s chances of covering on Sunday. For starters, most experts are impressive by the mere fact that the Broncos were able to reach the big game in spite of a series of injuries.
With so much emphasis on the running game for this particular Superbowl, John Fox has to be concerned with the status of starting running back, Knowshon Moreno. The former Georgia Bulldog was limited to 14 carries, sitting out the later portion of the game against the Patriots due to a rib injury.
Last week, Moreno was listed as day-to-day, and had limited participation in practice. On Wednesday, the Broncos released their mid-week injury report, and as expected, the former 12th overall pick is listed as “questionable” for the Superbowl 2014.
In addition to Moreno, there are other injuries to report on Denver’s side. 2013 Pro Bowl kicker Matt Prater, who has been battling an undisclosed illness, is listed as “questionable” will sources say he will “definitely” play on Sunday, and so is (OL) Mitch Unrein.
Other Broncos’ injuries to report include defensive tackle Sione Fua (doubtful) and the following players were listed as “probables”: (QB) Peyton Manning, (TE) Joel Dreessen, (CBs) Tony Carter and Kayvon Webster (DT) Terrance Knighton and (G) Chris Kuper.
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