While a cloud of controversy continues to shroud the New England Patriots over deflated footballs heading into next Sunday's Super Bowl showdown against Seattle, the betting public continues to put its early money on Bill Belichick and Co's chances to add a fourth world title to his team's illustrious resume under the his watch. The Patriots opened as two-point underdogs when the Oddsmakers originally posted betting odds for this game, but on most sportsbooks' current board they are now favored by one or two points.
I did my original preview and pick for the Super Bowl early last week before this whole "Deflate Gate" issue really blew up (no pun intended) and I continue to be amazed how this situation has continued to dominate the majority of the discussion surrounding this game. Hopefully we can move on to some more meaningful topics this week that will actually have an impact on the outcome of this matchup.
To me, this game will come down to which of these two team's top strength (New England on offense and Seattle on defense) does a better job of imposing its will on the other's. They always say that defense win's championships, but I happen to think that points do; especially when you can score more of them than your opponent.
I am sticking with my original pick in this game even if Tom Brady has to throw a fully inflated football to win it. Please check out the link below for my full game preview as originally posted on Sports Betting Stats. I will also be posting links all week long to some of my top player and team prop bet picks for Sunday's game.
Super Bowl XLIX Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots Betting Pick