The New England Patriots are favored to beat the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 Super Bowl. Not only does the betting public think that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will win their fourth ring as a tandem, but the majority of NFL experts seem to agree with that sentiment.
New England is a slight favorite at Las Vegas casinos, giving Seattle just one point. The Patriots are also favored by former players and experts from CBS Sports, ESPN and IB Times. Of 26 Super Bowl predictions, 15 have the Patriots beating the Seahawks.
Seattle was the Super Bowl favorite at the start of the playoffs, even heading into the NFC Championship Game. That changed, though, after both teams qualified for the Super Bowl. The Seahawks are fortunate to be in this position for a second straight year, needing to come back from a 19-7 deficit in the final three minutes of their contest with the Green Bay Packers. Their rally included recovering an onside kick and converting a miraculous two-point conversion.
Even with the deflated ball controversy, the Patriots were utterly dominant in the AFC Championship Game. They beat the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7, holding Andrew Luck to just 126 passing yards. The two games were played back-to-back, and New England quickly became the new favorite to win the title.
It’s a familiar position for the Patriots. Since they surprised the St. Louis Rams in one of the biggest Super Bowl upsets in history, New England has been a perennial favorite. They’ve been expected to win their last five Super Bowl appearances, and the only time they were underdogs this year were in their trips to Indianapolis and Green Bay. The Patriots, though, would’ve been favored had they been slated to face the Packers on Sunday.
Seattle is the underdog, and though the team has tried to convince themselves that they weren’t expected to be in this position, it wouldn’t come as a shock if the Seahawks became back-to-back champs. Only four more of the experts listed below picked the Patriots, and they are tied for being the smallest favorites in the game’s 49-year history.
The two teams have the exact same record, winning all but one of their home games and losing three times on the road. It's the first time since 2010 that both No.1 seeds will meet in the Super Bowl.
John Breech, CBS Sports: Seahawks
Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Patriots
Jared Dubin, CBS Sports: Seahawks
Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports: Patriots
Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports: Patriots
Dave Richard, CBS Sports: Seahawks
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Patriots
Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Patriots
Eric Allen, ESPN: Seahawks
Cris Carter, ESPN: Seahawks
Mike Ditka, ESPN: Patriots
Mike Golic, ESPN: Seahawks
Merril Hoge, ESPN: Patriots
Tom Jackson, ESPN: Seahawks
Keyshawn Johnson, ESPN: Patriots
Ron Jaworski, ESPN: Patriots
KC Joyner, ESPN: Patriots
Chris Mortensen, ESPN: Patriots
Adam Schefter, ESPN: Patriots
Mark Schlereth, ESPN: Patriots
Seth Wickersham, ESPN: Patriots
Bobby Ilich, IB Times: Seahawks
Greg Price, IB Times: Patriots
Anthony Riccobono, IB Times: Seahawks
Dan Marino, via The Washington Post: Seahawks
Emmitt Smith, via The Washington Post: Seahawks