SportsNet - January 2013
To put the Super Bowl bettting in perspective, let's consider that betting on the Pro-Bowl exceeded the Heats-Celtics and Thunder-Lakers games combined. The Pro-Bowl people.
With more than $90 million expected to be bet on the Super Bowl in Las Vegas and who knows how much in the offshore world, it's an understatement to say that people all across the world are looking for an edge. Let's take a closer look and see what we find.
Baltimore Ravens vs San Francisco 49ers: SF -3.5 Markets
Werder Bremen welcome Hannover to the Weserstadion on Friday in a game of underachievers so far this season. The two teams are capable of mounting a European challenge, but both have failed to deliver their usual standards this season on a consistent basis.
Werder Bremen are languishing in 12th position currently, without a win in their last four Bundesliga matches, losing three of them.
Hannover are a tough team to beat on home soil, but away from their AWD-Arena is where their problems lie. The Lower Saxony outfit have lost seven of their last nine away matches in the Bundesliga. That poor form is one reason why they are sitting in 10th place in the league.
Only four points ahead of their hosts, but more importantly is that they are just three points outside of the Europa League places. Such is the competitive nature of the Bundesliga, that just eight points separate 15th placed Nürnberg and 6th place Schalke 04.
With the table that close, any kind of form from either Bremen or Hannover, that they are both capable of, could push themselves up the league standings quickly and aim for Europe come the end of the season.
Super Bowl XLVII Matchups: Kaepernick, Moss and The 49ers Passing Offense vs. Reed, Pollard And The Ravens Secondary
The San Francisco 49ers star sophomore quarterback Colin Kaepernick faces a daunting task, winning the Super Bowl in his 10th NFL start. The 49ers made the change to Kaepernick, despite Alex Smith playing well. Kaepernick has rewarded the trust coach Jim Harbaugh has showed him, leading the 49ers to the Superbowl. Kaepernick, a former baseball player, likes to highlight his rocket of an arm, and a talent for running the read option he learned in college at Nevada. Kaepernick has one primary receiver, Michael Crabtree, and a slew of other weapons to throw to. These weapons include two tight ends, two running backs, and two effective receivers. Crabtree especially has exploded with Kaepernick's presence, receiving almost half of all looks from Kaepernick, and his career year places him firmly as the 49er’s marquee receiver. Ravens cornerbacks Corey Graham and Cary Williams will both see action against Crabtree, and taking Crabtree out of the game without the help of the Ravens safeties will be important.
It is time for a matchup between two glass eating, road grading, and people mauling units. As the San Francisco 49ers outstanding offensive line prepares to face the Baltimore Ravens powerful defensive line. The 49ers may have the best offensive line in football, but the Ravens have Haloti Ngata, Paul Kruger, and Terrell Suggs. Pro-Bowlers Joe Staley and Mike Iupati anchor the 49ers offensive line, but center Johnathan Goodwin deserves just as much credit. Goodwin will see Ngata at times, but mostly will see defensive tackles Ma’ake Kemoeatu and Terrance Cody. Kemoeatu and Cody have been little more than space occupiers this year, and represent a hindrance to the Ravens rushing defense.