While you’re waiting for the official list of propositions bets to be released, this one has been released early.
According to VegasInsider.com, the over-under for combined halftime score is 24, and Denver is a 0.5-point favorite.
The over-under appears to be influenced by the Seahawks defense and perhaps in fear of how Peyton Manning will perform in the cold. Per Pro-Football-Reference.com, the Broncos and Seahawks were both among the top-five teams in first-half points. On the other hand, PFR notes how Seattle has allowed the second-fewest first-half points, while Denver ranks 18th.
For what it’s worth, Denver has scored 14 first-half points or fewer in half of its 18 games, which is a bit of a surprise given its record-setting offense. Seattle also had not allowed points on any opening drive until last week, when the San Francisco 49ers got a field goal following a Russell Wilson fumble.
With that in mind, it’s surprising to see the Broncos as a tiny favorite. That most likely stems from Denver’s status as a slight overall favorite, although that could change. Logistically, it seems more likely the Broncos will score more in the second half after adjusting to Seattle’s unique Cover 3 hybrid defense.
The Seattle offense might have trouble putting up points if Marshawn Lynch is as unsuccessful as the New England Patriots were last week on the ground. It might be up to Wilson to make a few big improvisational plays for the Seahawks to cover and for the points to hit the over.
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