It turns out the wise guys have spoken, and they actually do like somebody.
Shortly after the opening lines were posted, the bettors put their money heavy — HEAVY — on Peyton Manning and his record-setting offense actually getting points. Remember, the Broncos were the team that broke the Vegas record for largest point spread in NFL history, kicking off as 28-point favorites over Jacksonville in Week 6. (Denver won that game 35-19, failing to cover.)
According to one report, the line swung 2.5 points in 30 minutes — practically unheard of (especially for the largest game in the NFL) in Sin City.
Translation: In their last 29 games, the Broncos are 25-4 on the field, and an amazing 20-9 against the spread (ATS) — their record when incorporating the point spread.
For informational purposes only, according to Vegasinsider.com, the favorite is just 1-5 in the last six Super Bowls and 3-9 in the last 12 against the spread. Manning’s team has been favored in each of the Super Bowls in which he is played — those Colts were 1-1 on the field and ATS.