The Denver Broncos can knock off the Carolina Panthers this Sunday in Super Bowl 50. Many people thought that Peyton Manning and his crew would fall at home to Pittsburgh — and a lot more thought they would lose to New England in the AFC Championship. However, here they are, awaiting their time on the game’s biggest stage. This is a battle between the crafty veteran quarterback against the upstart who considers himself a real-life Man of Steel. Let’s take a look at why you should pick the NFL odds for Denver to win.
Broncos vs Panthers Super Bowl 50 Game Info and NFL Betting Lines
When: Sunday, February 7, 2015
Kickoff: 6:30 PM ET
Where: Santa Clara, CA
Stadium: Levi’s Stadium
Spread: Panthers -6
Moneyline: Carolina -245 vs Denver +205
Game Total: 45.5
Why Betting On The Broncos To Win Super Bowl 50 Is A Smart Bet
Few quarterbacks have dominated the NFL’s regular season like Peyton Manning has — and he also has considerable playoff experience. He has played in the Super Bowl against an elite collection of quarterbacks. Even though some consider Manning an iffy proposition as a playoff quarterback, his Super Bowl performances have actually been pretty good. When the Colts beat the Bears in 2006, he threw for 247 yards, a score and a pick. In the Colts’ loss to the Saints, he threw for more than 300 yards — with a score and a pick. The loss in Super Bowl XLVIII was a meltdown for the whole offense, not just for Manning. He still threw for 280 yards as the Broncos were in catchup mode — but he did have those two picks.
In this Super Bowl, he doesn’t have to do everything on offense for the Broncos to win. C.J. Anderson is a solid tailback, and the Broncos’ line can open up holes for him, easing the pressure on Manning — who can then be smart in managing the football. This helped the team hold on against New England — and Manning knows that this is in all likelihood his last journey into the postseason.
The New Orange Crush
Back in the 1970s, the Denver Broncos had an elite defense that their fans called the Orange Crush. The front four on the Denver defense now — Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson — are the reason why the New England Patriots fell, as they knocked Tom Brady down 20 times in the AFC Championship and forced him into hurried throws time after time — a big reason in the three interceptions that he threw in the game. The Patriots didn’t run the ball much at all, giving the front four license to focus on rushing the passer, but they can also shut down the gaps and keep the read option from going anywhere. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is a master of matching and mixing rush packages so that the offensive line and the rest of the offense don’t know what is coming. This could definitely turn into Cam Newton’s Kryptonite.
The Broncos Are All About Redemption
You can believe that the Broncos who were here two years ago definitely remember that thumping at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks. Those experiences have motivated the likes of Von Miller and Peyton Manning from Day One, and the whole team will want to help Manning get that second ring. The Panthers are happy to be here — but the Broncos have demanded victory each step of the way.