Denver vs. New England Playoffs Odds

new-england-vs-denverThe big story in the Denver Broncos’ 23-16 Divisional-round victory over Pittsburgh was Peyton Manning leading a game-winning touchdown drive. There were plenty of questions on whether Manning would even play any more this year after relinquishing his starting job due to injuries. However, Manning started the game and later led Denver to the 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter, with C.J. Anderson punching it in for a decisive TD.

The Broncos will now play in the AFC Championship against the New England Patriots, who had a little easier time winning their Divisional-round contest. New England beat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-20 in a game that wasn’t as close as it appeared. Tom Brady connected on two touchdowns with tight end Rob Gronkowski early on, leaving the Chiefs playing catch-up the entire time.

Now the stage is set for a legendary Manning-vs-Brady matchup to determine who’ll go to the Super Bowl. Denver will have home-field advantage this Sunday, but New England is slightly favored on our line at GTBets.eu. So who has the better chance of covering the spread? Let’s break down why both teams could be a good wager along with some final analysis on the game.

GTBets.eu Line (Jan 24, 3:00pm EST)
New England -3 (-118)
Denver (-102)

Game Over 44.5 (-110)
Game Under 44.5 (-110)

Why Denver will cover the spread

manning-vs-chiefsOne boost of confidence for Denver comes in the fact that they’ve already beaten New England this year. On Nov. 29, the Broncos topped the Patriots 30-24 in overtime. Denver piled up 179 rushing yards while the defense limited New England to just 39 yards on the ground.

Speaking of the running attack, this is where the Broncos have really excelled throughout much of the season. When they rush for at least 130 yards, they’re 7-0 this year. Assuming they can get their run game going against New England, this will set Manning up for some good play-action passes.

Finally, if this comes down to the wire, then Denver has a decided advantage. They’ve gone 10-3 in contests decided by a touchdown or less, and they’re 3-0 in overtime games. This is a tested team with a strong defense that knows how to win when things get close.

Why New England will cover the spread

New England has dealt with plenty of injuries this year – including recently losing linebacker Jerod Mayo – but they’ve still persevered thanks to the steady hand of Brady. The 38-year-old’s diet must really be working because he’s played as young as ever while tallying over 5,000 yards passing, 38 TD’s and just 6 INT’s this season (including playoffs).

tom-brady-deflate-gateBrady faced one of the league’s best defenses in the Chiefs last week and he was still highly efficient, completing 28-of-42 passes, racking up 302 passing yards and finding Gronk for two scores. If ever there were a reason to bet on New England, it’s the fact that Brady has been the best QB in the game this year.

It also doesn’t hurt that that his offensive line has been really good, despite early injuries to Ryan Wendell and Nate Solder. Even with rookie center David Andrews and first-year left guard Shaq Mason stepping in, this line hasn’t missed a beat and rarely gives up sacks. So it’s very possible that they could neutralize Denver’s feared front seven.

We should also add that New England’s defense hasn’t been too bad either, with their 49 sacks ranking second only to Denver. They also allow just 19.7 PPG, which is 10th in the league.

Final Analysis

Manning winning against the Chiefs was a nice story, but one that may be short-lived. At 39 years old, Manning has a lot of wear and tear, which shows in the six games that he missed. No. 18 also hasn’t thrown a touchdown since Week 9, and he threw 17 interceptions despite only playing in 10 regular-season contests. Meanwhile, Brady, as we mentioned before, is playing his best football ever at age 38.

In the end, this may come down to the quarterbacks. And if it does, then we certainly expect New England to take the win at Mile High.

Final Score Prediction: New England 24 – Denver 16

2015 AFC Championship Betting

2015-afc-championship-bettingWhen the 2015 NFL Playoffs began, the Colts certainly weren’t an odds-on favorite to reach the Super Bowl. But following their surprise 24-13 victory against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium, Indianapolis is within one game of doing the improbable. Of course, they have a big roadblock standing in their way named the New England Patriots.

Playoff success is certainly nothing new to the Patriots, who’ve won three NFL titles since 2002. However, their divisional matchup against the Baltimore Ravens was anything but easy since they needed some third-quarter trickery and a big comeback to win.

But here we are now with a clean slate, and the Patriots and Colts both looking for the one win that will get them to the 2015 Super Bowl. As for the favorite, it’s definitely New England since they have homefield advantage and a long history of postseason success. We at GTBets.eu also have them favored on the line, which you can see below:

Indianapolis (-110)
New England -6.5 (-110)

2015-afc-championship-betting-1A near-touchdown favorite on our AFC Champion betting line, New England has some ground to cover here. And this is a tall task when you consider that they’re facing an Andrew Luck-led offense that has no trouble scoring.

By all accounts, this should be a shootout because these are the No. 2 and 3 offenses from the AFC. But with Daniel Herron having taken over running duties for Indianapolis, they’ve been featuring a slowed-down version of their offense. Furthermore, the defense is picking up, as can be seen by how they held Denver to just 13 points last game. So beating the Colts by a touchdown won’t be a picnic for the Patriots.

Then again, New England does have both Tom Brady and history on their side. Regarding the latter, from 1999-2012, 11 of 14 AFC champs have won this game by at least a touchdown. Seeing as how New England is already favored here and they’re playing in Foxborough, we like their chances to cover the spread.

Final Score Prediction: New England wins 38-24

Updated 2015 Super Bowl Odds to Win

2015-super-bowl-oddsAfter yet another exciting week in the 2015 NFL Playoffs, both the AFC and NFC Championships are set. On the AFC side, the underdog Indianapolis Colts will travel to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots. And the NFC Championship will see the Green Bay Packers facing the Seattle Seahawks.

Can the latter win their second consecutive Super Bowl? Can the Indianapolis Colts pull off an improbable upset? Find out as we take a look at our updated 2015 Super Bowl odds to win.

Indianapolis (13 to 2 odds of winning)

Few gave the Colts a realistic chance of knocking off Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. And if they were to have a chance, it seemed like Indy needed to score at least 40 points to outlast the high-powered Denver offense. Well, as it turns out, defense ruled the day for Indy as they won 24-13, allowing just one Broncos touchdown. Now the Colts face just as big of a test, if not bigger, in Foxborough. There’s no doubt that Indy will continue to be underdogs even if they win the AFC Championship. That said, it’s hard to see much value in the 13:2 odds here.

Green Bay (6 to 1)

2015-super-bowl-odds-1Green Bay punched their Super Bowl ticket via a 26-21 nailbiter versus the Dallas Cowboys. And they needed two second-half TD’s to make the comeback here, improving their record at Lambeau Field to 9-0 this season. The only problem is that they’ll be visiting Seattle for the next game.  But given all of the weapons that the Packers boast on offense, they might be the one team that can beat Seattle at CenturyLink Field. Furthermore, taking this team at 6:1 odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl isn’t a bad bet at all.

New England (7 to 4)

2015-super-bowl-odds-2The league is still talking about the crazy substitutions that New England made during a third-quarter touchdown drive against the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore coach John Harbaugh went as far as to call the substitutions illegal when his team had trouble identifying the eligible receivers. However, NFL officials say that everything was done by the book (though outside the bounds of normalcy) in the Patriots’ 35-31 victory. They will once again be favored to win at home against an overmatched Colts team. And if they can take care of business, then it’s a tough NFC opponent no matter who wins between Seattle and Green Bay.

Seattle (23 to 20)

2015-super-bowl-odds-3Without question, Seattle had the easiest path to the NFC title game since they played the 8-8-1 Carolina Panthers. Sure, Carolina was on a hot streak, but Seattle is the defending Super Bowl champion. And they looked every bit the part in cruising to a 31-17 win over the Panthers. Now they get a real postseason test in the high-scoring Green Bay Packers. Assuming they can get through this matchup, they could face the battle-tested Patriots. All in all, it’s hard to see taking Seattle at 23:20 odds right now, even if they are the best team on paper.

2015 NFL Playoffs Betting: Second Round

2015-nfl-playoffs-russell-wilsonIt was good to have homefield advantage last weekend. Three of the four home teams won in the Wild Card round of the 2015 NFL Playoffs. The only road team that pulled out a victory was the Baltimore Ravens, which surprised Pittsburgh. The spread was a different story, though, as only the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers covered at home. That said, you can never predict what’s going to happen on the scoreboard in an NFL postseason game. But we’ll do our best below with the 2015 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round (all lines courtesy of GTBets.eu).

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (-7)

tom-bradyBaltimore is definitely a team that excels in the playoffs, thanks in large part to QB Joe Flacco’s postseason nerves of steel. Flacco and the Ravens proved as much last week, winning 30-17 at Heinz Field against a tough Steelers team. But their task this time around will be even tougher. Even at 37, Tom Brady is playing some of the best football of his career. And he has the league’s best tight end to throw to – Rob Gronkowski (1,124 receiving yards, 12TD). That said, we see offense winning out over defense in this one.

ATS Advantage: New England

Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks (-10.5)

This is a matchup of football’s hottest two teams, with Seattle having won 9 of their last 10, and the Panthers having won five straight games. Obviously the oddsmakers are expecting Seahawks to continue their hot streak. But a 10.5-point favorite!? These two met halfway through the season when Carolina was playing badly – a game that Seattle only won 13-9. Both teams are playing much better right now, however, this becomes a question of who’s playing THE BEST. Yes, 10.5 points is a lot to cover, but Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” and Russell Wilson’s passing game are firing on all cylinders.

ATS Advantage: Seattle

Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers (-6)

tony-romo-cowboysIf you’re looking for a home team that’s been great with the spread in the 2014 regular season, then the Packers are it. They were 6-1-1 ATS while playing at Lambeau, along with their undefeated 8-0 home record. Of course, this Cowboys team isn’t just some bump in the road since they boast three of the game’s best offensive players in Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant. However, these three are going to have to be on their A+ game to stay with the Packers, who are averaging almost 40 points a game at home….and even an A+ might not be enough.

ATS Advantage: Green Bay

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (-7)

andrew-luck-playoffsMany predicted the Cincinnati Bengals to steal one from the Colts on their home turf. However, Indianapolis completely controlled the game while holding the Bengals to just 10 points. Don’t expect the same as Indianapolis travels to Mile High Stadium to face Denver’s potent offense. But the Colts did prove that they can win the big playoff game, and their record ATS is 10-4-1 in their last 15 contests. We expect a Broncos victory here, however, not by a full touchdown. Andrew Luck is just too good, and the Colts’ defense is playing well enough to at least slow down Peyton Manning and company.

ATS Advantage: Indianapolis

2015 Super Bowl Bets Available

Tom BradyWe’re exactly one month away from the 2015 Super Bowl, which takes place on February 1st. But if you’d like to get your Super Bowl betting started a little early, then it’s worth mentioning that GTBets.eu is already running lines on who’ll be in Arizona next month. We have three different categories for you to bet on – some of them only for a limited time – so let’s get right to what’s available.

2015 Super Bowl – To Win Bets

At the time of this writing, there are 12 teams still alive for the Lombardi Trophy. So GTBets is currently featuring odds on all 12 teams to win the coveted trophy. Keep in mind that the number of available odds will dwindle as the 2015 NFL Playoffs advance, but here are a few of the top teams available from the group:

New Engalnd – 12/5 odds to win
Seattle – 12/5 odds to win
Denver – 6/1 odds to win
Green Bay – 23/4 odds to win
Dallas – 17/2 odds to win

There’s little surprise here, with the NFC and AFC’s top seeds also having the best odds to win on the betting lines. But if you’re looking for some value, and don’t mind taking a road underdog, then you might consider the Detroit Lions, who currently sit at 40/1 odds.

2015 Super Bowl – Exact Matchup

2015-super-bowl-betting-1Let’s take this a step further and try to predict exactly who’ll be playing in Super Bowl XLIX. Here’s a look at the matchups with the best odds:

Seahawks vs Patriots – 2/1 odds
Field (Other) – 9/2 odds
Packers vs Patriots – 5/1 odds
Seahawks vs Broncos – 11/2 odds
Cowboys vs Patriots – 7/1 odds

Anything can happen in the NFL Playoffs, meaning the Cowboys could be playing the Colts (60/1 odds) in Glendale for all we know. However, the best value-matchup regarding the odds might be the Packers vs. Steelers (30/1 odds).

2015 Super Bowl – Team Props

Prop bets are what the Super Bowl is all about! And when you visit GTBets.eu in the two weeks leading up the the big game, you’ll find a wide range of prop bets. But for now, with the potential matchup so uncertain, all we have are some team props for you to enjoy:

Denver Broncos to win – Yes (600) / No (-900)
Green Bay to win – Yes (575) / No (-775)
New England to win – Yes (240) / No (-280)
Seattle to win – Yes (240) / No (-280)

Once again, you can expect plenty more 2015 Super Bowl prop bets and live wagering opportunities as the game approaches. So make sure to place your wagers before or on Feb. 1st so that you don’t miss out on the exciting action.

2015 NFL Playoffs: First Round Betting

Cam NewtonAnother grueling NFL regular season is in the books, and 12 teams are still standing as we head into Wild Card weekend of the 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs. Wild Card weekend will see eight of these teams in action, with all dreaming of an eventual Super Bowl appearance. But first thing’s first, getting past the first round. That said, let’s look at each of the four games this weekend for those betting on the first round of the 2015 NFL Playoffs (all lines courtesy of GTBets.eu).

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers (-6.5)

You can’t top the Cardinals from a betting perspective since they covered 11 of their 16 spreads during the regular season. Even over the last four games – their toughest stretch of the season – they went 3-1 ATS. This game could prove a little trickier, though, since they play a team with four fewer wins than them during the regular season. What makes this matchup difficult to predict is that Arizona is playing at Carolina, and the Panthers have won four straight games. Throw in the fact that Ryan Lindley could be starting for the Cardinals again, and even a -6.5 spread might be too much for them to cover.

ATS Advantage: Carolina

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3)

ben-roethlisberger-ravensThis same matchup played out very badly for the Ravens back on Nov. 19th, when they were battered by 20 points in Pittsburgh. This game also saw Ben Roethlisberger throw for six touchdown passes against one of the league’s worst secondaries. We don’t see Roethlisberger tossing six TD’s again, however, he should have another very good game. Add in some Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers should beat Baltimore by more than three points at home.

ATS Advantage: Pittsburgh

Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts (-3)

This feels a lot trickier to call than the first two games that we discussed. Going solely off the regular season, the Colts would be favored since they whipped Cincinnati back in Week 7. However, there are some notable asterisks here, including A.J. Green being out with an injury and the Bengals struggling with their run game. The latter has definitely been shored up now, with rookie Jeremy Hill emerging as a near-dominant force. So we like the Bengals to at least cover the spread here, and possibly win the game. But keep in mind that Indy has covered the spread in 10 out of 11 of their wins.

ATS Advantage: Cincinnati

Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys (-6.5)

demarco-murray-cowboys-2014Nobody’s hotter than the Cowboys, who’ve went undefeated ever since Thanksgiving. Plus Dallas has superstars galore on offense, with Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant putting defensive coordinators through plenty of sleepless nights. But Dallas’ homefield advantage hasn’t been much of an advantage, seeing as how they are only .500 in AT&T Stadium. And the Detroit Lions have been as competitive as any top team in the NFC. They also boast the NFL’s second-best scoring defense, which got a break when Ndamukong Suh wasn’t suspended for stepping on Aaron Rodgers. Adding everything up, it’s hard to see Detroit getting beat by more than a touchdown here.

ATS Advantage: Detroit