Everyone knows the Denver Broncos lost by 35 points to the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Luckily, just about everyone is past that. Even the oddsmakers.
The Seattle Seahawks opened as 3.5-point favorites against the Broncos in Seattle in Week 3. Since then, the line has moved in Seattle's favor to 5 points. For the first time in nearly two calendar years, when the Broncos traveled to face San Diego in October 2012, the Broncos are not favored in a game.
It is only the third time in the last decade that Peyton Manning has been a 5-point underdog when expected to finish a game.
The Super Bowl has a lot to do with it, but so does the venue.
"It's a tough place to play," head coach John Fox said of CenturyLink Field in Seattle. "I think they're 18-1 over the last three years in that stadium. It's a very hostile environment. They've done well and it'll be a huge challenge and we're looking forward to it."
The Broncos are 2-0, but they're 2-0 against winless 0-4 teams in 2014. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are 1-1, but they're 1-1 against teams with a collective 2-2 record. The Seahawks dominated the Packers in Week 1, then got soundly beat by the Chargers in San Diego in Week 2 - a recipe the Broncos will try to replicate.
Asked whether a win in Seattle would make up for the Super Bowl, Fox kept things simple.
"That's last year. We've moved on."
Hopefully other players follow suit.
Ed: Article originally stated Broncos were underdogs at Patriots in 2013; they were actually favored by 3.
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