The NFL season wraps up as the Seattle Seahawks look to repeat in Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots. The last time the NFL produced back to back Super Bowl champions was during the 2003-2004 NFL season when the Patriots accomplished the feat.
The list of other back to back Super Bowl Champions include the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers twice, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys Denver Broncos and the Patriots. While this accomplishment doesn’t have much of an output on Super Bowl XLIX it may shed some light on how you would like to put your money on the Super Bowl.
One thing we like to look at before placing a bet or wager of any size are different trends that could help us make a decision. This could play a major role as we have witnessed 48 Super Bowl games but only a repeat champion eight times.
Along with the trend of teams repeating as Super Bowl Champions we also like to take a look at the current point spread and how a team has performed this season. The Seahawks opened on a variety of the sports books as a 1.5 point favor but since that time the spread has moved in the direction of the Patriots before resting as a pick em on Sunday.
Overall the Seahawks are 5-2 in their last seven playoff games covering the spread including last years Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos. The Patriots on the other hand are 0-4 against the spread in their last four Super Bowls as well as just 4-11 in their last 15 playoff games. In the end this game will come down to how well each team plays on the field and how each of their key play makers perform. This includes the teams play makers Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, LeGarrette Blount and Marshawn Lynch plays. As well as which team makes the bigger play on the defense. For the Seahawks to win this game they will need quarterback Russell Wilson to play at a much higher level then he did during the NFC Championship Game. In that game Wilson struggled for most of the game throwing four interceptions putting the team in a big 16-0 hole entering the half.
Despite the early struggles, Wilson was able to make some plays late along including the game winning touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse in overtime. While it was an impressive comeback win against the Green Bay Packers don’t expect the Patriots to get conservative late to allow the same outcome. The Patriots on the other hand need to move the ball on the ground to open up the passing game. If Blount can’t get it going on the ground it will limit what the passing attack can do espicially if the Seahawks can avoid bringing a safety up to the line of scimmage. Along with Blount, Tom Brady has to find ways to make a few big plays against a secondary that is dealing with injuries. Richard Sherman injured his elbow against the Packers while safety Kam Chancellor sustained an injury in the teams last practice.
In the end you can go either direction with your pick but might have a stronger shot at looking at the over/under.