Super Bowl 50 is less than a day away as the Peyton Manning and the rest of the Denver Broncos are set to face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
Ever since the Super Bowl 50 betting lines were released, the Broncos were the slight underdogs, priced at +3.5 underdogs and sports books are saying that the public has the tendency to bet on the team that has performed well in the previous game—in this case in the conference championship games—that is why it appears the Panthers will have the bulk of the bets during the NFL title game.
“The public always supports the team that performed better during the championship game. Since Carolina blew out Arizona, no doubt the public is on the Panthers,” Jay Kornegay, vice president of the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, said to the New York Post.
Both the Panthers and Broncos are actually off impressive performances in their respective conference championship games. In the AFC, the Broncos won over the defending champion New England Patriots in a close one, 20-18 and in the NFC, the Panthers blew by the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15 to advance to the Super Bowl as the slight favorite.
Newton has performed well than Brady statistically in these playoffs. In two games so far, he has accumulated 496 passing yards on 35-of-50 completions with 3 touchdowns and an interception. The dual threat QB also ran for 50 rushing yards on 21 attempts with 2 rushing TDs.
Newton is just in his fifth year in the league and playing in his sixth NFL playoff game. While Newton has the youth and energy favoring him, Manning has the experience and wisdom at this point of their careers.
The 39-year-old Manning, who will reportedly retire from the NFL after Super Bowl 50, has 398 passing yards on 38-of-69 passes with two touchdowns in two playoff games this year.
With Newton appearing to have the slight edge over Manning, how can the Broncos pull off the upset in Super Bowl 50? Team defense.
In the regular season, Denver was number one in allowing total yardage per game—giving up 4,530 yards or just 283.1 yards per game. The Broncos’ defense mostly does the damage on the air, allowing just 199.6 passing yards per game (1st in the league) and just 83.6 rushing yards per game (3rd in the league).
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