The Denver Broncos and their future hall of fame QB beat long-time rival New England in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 24 and earned a trip to Super Bowl 50. With over 80% of the bets coming in against the Broncos, they beat the Patriots 20 to 18 through a combination of great defense and efficient offense, silencing their critics. Can they overcome the odds and beat the Panthers to win Super Bowl 50?
Upsetting the Panthers straight up as a 4.5-point dog is not out of the realm of possibility for Denver to do. Does Peyton have one more big game left in his aging arm? Is this the game when the torch is passed from one future hall-of-famer who is on his last leg to the consensus MVP of the 2015 season? Whatever happens this will be a game for the ages.
What: Super Bowl 50
Who: Carolina Panthers (15-1) vs Denver Broncos (12-4)
When: Sunday, February 7, 2015
Kickoff: 6:30 PM ET
Where: Santa Clara, CA
Stadium: Levi’s Stadium
Spread: Panthers -4.5
Moneyline: Carolina -190 vs Denver +165
Game Total: 45.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Carolina vs Denver
A Closer Look At The Top 6 Reasons to Bet on the Denver Broncos to Win Super Bowl 50
- Peyton is playing within himself – Peyton has been playing within himself. What it means is that Peyton knows he can’t throw the ball as far or with as much velocity as he did in the past. When he calls an audible play, more often than not, the audible is to a run or dump down to the tight-end or running back. WR Demaryious Thomas caught 4 passes against Pittsburgh. He caught 2 passes against New England and Denver won both games. That’s good. It means Peyton is reading the defense well.
- The running game has been solid – Denver rushed 33 times against Pittsburgh for 109 yards in the Broncos 23 to 16 win over the Steelers in the Divisional Round. In the AFC Championship Game, Denver rushed the ball 30 times for 99 yards in their 20 to 18 win over the Patriots. When Denver’s rushing game is effective, the Broncos are tough to beat.
- Denver can rush 4 and contain Cam – Because Denver has 2 very good edge rushers in Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, the Broncos should be able to force Cam Newton up the middle when Superman decides to scramble. This should allow Denver to play all sorts of different coverages in the secondary, which leads me to…
- The Broncos secondary can play man to man or in a zone – Denver has 2 excellent man to man cover corners in Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. T.J. Ward, the strong safety, can mark Cam while ILB Danny Trevathan can play man on Carolina TE Greg Olsen. If the Broncos want, they can switch to a Cover 2 defense and just have Ward mark QB Cam Newton.
- Denver will be a major underdog on the moneyline –If the odds hold at Carolina -4 or the odds even go to Carolina -5 to Carolina -6, which is possible, Denver will be a great underdog bet at plus odds on the moneyline.
- The Broncos have the overall experience on both sides of the football – Peyton Manning has played in 2 Super Bowls, winning 1. Gary Kubiak has a ton of Super Bowl experience as a player and as a coach. Most of the players on this year’s Denver team played in the 2013 Super Bowl. When it comes to Super Bowl 50, Denver definitely has the experience edge.