People who have already bet on the Baltimore Ravens to win Super Bowl XLVII should close their eyes and not read any further.
The handicapping team at OddsShark.com, provider of lines and maintainer of the odds section here at SBNation.com, is predicting a super rout by the San Francisco 49ers.
How one-sided will this clash be? Try 45-21, which would be great news for 49ers bettors (even at a 4-point spread, which was highest in the industry at Bovada as of Friday) and for OVER bettors.
"Mainly, we don't buy the Ravens team-of-destiny baloney and we don't think their allegedly vaunted defense will lay a finger on Colin Kaepernick all day," said Jack Randall, the lead NFL handicapping voice at OddsShark.com.
He justified his Super Bowl prediction this way.
True, Kaepernick calmly directed a rally against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC title game and true he did blow out the Green Bay Packers a week earlier. He ran for a QB-record 181 yards against the Pack and is the type of quarterback who Baltimore has not faced lately.
In fact, the last time they faced a mobile QB was Week 14, when they were unable to contain RGIII in a 31-28 loss to Washington. But didn't Baltimore's defense contain Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in successive playoff weeks?
"They didn't exactly shut down the Broncos, who scored 35 points and the Patriots moved the ball, but Brady had a rare case of the choking disorder," argues Randall. "And while both are Hall of Famers, they don't have as many rushing yards combined in the past five seasons as Kaepernick got in one playoff game against Green Bay."
Combine a possibly unstoppable offense with a stellar defense and Randall believes its a recipe for a quick lead and an easy cover of the 3.5-point spread. [ Matchup Stats | Latest Odds ]
"I'm seeing 45-21, which would be great news for OVER bettors as well. Let's say 31-7 at halftime."
In addition to Randall's opinion, OddsShark's computer has also made a Super Bowl prediction and it also sides with San Fran. It picks a 30-25 win.