The Super Bowl 2015 is finally here and after two weeks of non-stop Deflategate, it’s time to settle the score where it should be settled, on the football field.
There are particular battles within the 2015 Super Bowl that’s likely to determine who wins the game. Since the 2015 Super Bowl betting spread is likely to be from 0 to no more than a point, definitely not more than a point and a half, the one thing that sports bettors can be assured of is that neither team, New England nor Seattle, has a huge edge over the other.
Super Bowl 2015
New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks
Date: Feb 1st, 2015
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Stadium: U of Phoenix Stadium
Point Spread: Pick ‘Em
Game Total: 47.5
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Play by Play: Al Michaels
Color Commentary: Cris Collinsworth
Sideline: Michele Tafoya
Pregame Hosts: Bob Costas & Dan Patrick
Halftime Analysts: Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison & Hines Ward
Vince Lombardy Trophy Presenter: Dan Patrick
Betting Analysis On New England Winning Super Bowl 49
In the Patriots’ 4 losses this season, they’ve done one thing bad on defense and that’s stop the run. Versus Miami in Week 1, New England lost 33 to 20. The Dolphins rushed for 191 yards on 38 carries. In the September 29 loss to Kansas City, the game that led many football handicappers to put a fork into the Pats, New England got drubbed 41 to 14. The Chiefs rushed for 207 yards from 38 carries. Green Bay rushed for 130 yards from 29 carries in a 21 to 26 Green Bay loss and Buffalo rushed for 104 yards from 33 carries in a 9 to 17 loss in Week 17.
Almost as important is the fact that New England almost lost to the New York Jets twice this season as a huge favorite in both matchups. The Jets are one of the top rushing teams in the NFL and have a stunningly good defense just like Seattle has.
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So, for New England to win this game they’re going to pretty much have to do one thing well, and that’s defend against the rush. Seattle will not make the same mistake that they did against Green Bay, where they failed to run Marshawn Lynch enough in the first half and they didn’t give Russell Wilson enough zone read plays.
Seattle is going to run right at New England. If the Patriots wish to hoist the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday, they’ll have to find a way to keep Seattle from dominating them in the ground game.