The NFL sports betting websites will be quiet for the next few months as the 2013-14 season came to a crescendo at Super Bowl XLVIII. The Super Bowl ended with a 43-8 Seattle Seahawks win and it brought up a lot of questions about the two teams and the league itself. As we put a big, red bow on the season, let’s take a look at the four things that the online betting world learned from watching Super Bowl XLVIII.
The NFL Has An “In” With The Weather Gods
Just two days before Super Bowl XLVIII, it was subzero temperatures and snowing in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Just a few hours after midnight on Monday February 3, 2014, New York City and East Rutherford were buried under inches of snow. But from the morning of Sunday February 2 to that night, the weather in East Rutherford was perfect for football.
Does this mean that the NFL should take another chance and hold another Super Bowl in a cold weather city with an open-air stadium? The NFL would do well to not tempt fate more than once. The next time the league decides to play a Super Bowl in the frigid Northeast, it may not get away with such perfect conditions.
Peyton Manning Is Human
The betting sites all had the Denver Broncos as the favorites to win Super Bowl XVIII, primarily because of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. But any real chance Denver had of winning the game went flying over Manning’s right shoulder when the very first snap of the game was mishandled by the Broncos and wound up being a safety for the Seahawks. After that point, not even Peyton Manning was able to get his offense on track. For one game, it looked like Peyton Manning was human after all.
The Seattle Seahawks’ Defense Is Very Good
The Seahawks’ defense smothered the Broncos’ offense and would not let Peyton Manning do anything that he wanted to do. The game was a blowout by halftime and the Seattle offense had very few yards and did not spend a lot of time on the field. It was all about the Seattle defense, and it is a young defense that will be together for the next several years. This defense will only get better and it has the ability to change the odds of a game on its own. Even a game as monumental as the Super Bowl.
Pete Carroll Is A Good NFL Coach
Say what you want about Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, but the guy knows how to coach football. There have been plenty of coaches who have been handed more talent than the Seahawks have and those coaches could not win Super Bowls. Carroll has put together a staff that knows how to utilize its talent and create matchups that benefit Seattle. Not only were the Broncos beaten on the field, but they were outcoached as well.