With the two best teams in the NFL set to meet in Super Bowl 48, it was perhaps fitting that the opening line on the game was a pick'em.
But early action came in on Denver to prompt the line to move to Denver -2 fairly quickly, where it remained for the first week leading up to the Super Bowl. Over the last week, Seattle moved up to +2.5, enticing enough bettors to eventually move the line back to Seattle +2 vs. Denver -2 where it stands as of Friday.
However, one book monitored by OddsShark.com had Seattle at +3 Friday and another had the Seahawks as very small chalk (+1).
Overall, 55% of the money bet on the big game so far against the spread has been backing the Denver Broncos, according to Kevin Bradley of Bovada.lv. An even more popular choice among bettors has been to take the Broncos on the moneyline at -135 with 57% of moneyline action coming in on Denver.
Seattle at +115 has received 43% of the public's money so far, but that could still rise as the week goes on and sharps arrive to bet on the Super Bowl and throw money behind the Seahawks.
Based on these numbers, sportsbooks will clearly be rooting for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, but there isn't a huge tilt towards one side like there has been in years past. The same can't be said about the total however, where early bettors came in heavily on the UNDER.
After opening at 50, the total was quickly pounded down to 47 by a flurry of bets on the UNDER. Seattle's stingy defense, Denver's strong postseason defense, and a forecast of heavy winds and potential snow likely all drove this action.
But late in the week just days away from the action, bettors finally seem to be coming around to the OVER, driving the line back up to 48.5. Weather reports have indicated that it will be a clear day, albeit cold and windy.
Even with the recent shift back up to 48.5, roughly 70% of all bets placed on the total have been on the UNDER.
Sportsbooks will undoubtedly be rooting for plenty of offense on Sunday. A Denver win in a defensive battle would be the worst case scenario for linesmakers while a Seattle win that goes over 50 would be the best case scenario for shops such as 5Dimes.eu.