Super Bowl XLIX - Patriots vs. Seahawks Betting Odds Preview
Line: Patriots -1 - The Seattle Seahawks will look to defend their Superbowl title against the New England Patriots in Glendale Arizona on Sunday February 1st 2015. The Patriots are coming off a dominating 45-7 win in the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. The team has been known to change up their style of play on offense depending on who the opponent is. In their previous win quarterback Tom Brady threw 50 passes and the team only ran the ball 3 times. Against the Colts they had a more balanced game plan that resulted in Brady going 23/35 for 226 yards and a touchdown. It also accounted for running back Legarrette Blount getting 30 carries for 148 yards and 3 touchdowns. The games followed with controversy that claimed the Patriots had deflated the footballs that they were using on offense in order to gain a competitive advantage. At press time there were no suspensions that could affect the outcome of the game.
The Seahawks had a much more difficult time advancing to the Superbowl against a Green Bay Packer team that had a 16-0 halftime lead and still trailed 19-7 with about 4 minutes left. The Seahawks were then able to create a scoring drive that resulted in a Russell Wilson one-yard touchdown run that cut the deficit to 19-14 with 2:09 on the clock. The Seahawks then recovered the onside kick attempt and almost immediately scored on a 24 yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch and they then made the two point conversion to make it 22-19. The Packers were able to move down the field and convert a late field goal that sent the game to overtime. Wilson threw 4 interceptions on the day, all of them while targeting receiver Jermaine Kearse but that didn't stop him from targeting him again for what became the game winning catch in the teams 28-22 victory. Lynch finished with 25 carries for 157 yards and a touchdown.
The Seahawks will look to defend their Superbowl Title against a head coach and a quarterback who will be making their 6 appearance in the game but attempting to win for the first time in 10 years. The Brady vs. Wilson matchup clearly favors Brady in most measurable categories including quality of receiving threats and offensive game plan design. Wilson does have one intangible that he is on par with Brady and that is the fact that he is a winner. While video evaluation would tend to show that Wilson wont be able to find receivers against a strong Patriot pass defense, history and the ability of Wilson suggest otherwise. The Seahawks will rely heavily on Lynch while it remains to be seen what the Patriots view as the weakness of the Seattle defense. Statistically they were first against both the rush and the pass so it will be interesting to see if the Patriots have a balanced offense or decide to lean heavily on either the run or the pass. If they elect for the run, Blount will be in store for a lot of carries. Either way this sets up as a fantastic, evenly matched game.
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