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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