For all those bettors out there wondering how to go on the Super Bowl, review the history of the Super Bowl. This is a matchup of the league’s top offense against the league’s top defense.
In the 47 previous Super Bowls that has happened on five occasions. The theory is that offense sells the tickets, while the defense wins the championships. The question is will that hold true for Super Bowl 48.
The Denver Broncos have the league’s best offense. The team averaged 37.9 points a game, an NFL record. Seattle has the best defense against scoring allowing only 14.4 points a game.
According to stats found on the Internet, this will be the sixth time in Super Bowl history that the league’s top scoring offense faces the league’s top scoring defense.
With the Super Bowl line only being published for just over two days, the Broncos currently are the favorite by 2.5 points on most betting sites including sportsbook.com, Bovada, topbet and betonline. The total points on the same sites are currently sitting at 48.
If history is any indication in the five previous times the top offense faced the top defense, then Seattle should be favored. The team that had the top defense in those five previous Super Bowls that faced the top offense was 4-1 straight up.
The team with the top defense was 3-0 ATS as the favorite and 1-1 ATS as the underdog.
Three of the five Super Bowls featuring the top offense and top defense have cashed to the OVER in point total. In Super Bowl I no posted total was given.
Here are a few more stats to take into consideration from the five previous Super Bowls featuring the league’s top defense and top offense.
Super Bowl 1
Green Bay defeated Kansas City 35-10. The Packers defense sacked Len Dawson the Chiefs quarterback four times and an interception by Willie Wood put the game on ice. Green Bay owned the top defense that season giving up 11.6 points a game, while the Chiefs averaged 32 points scoring per game.
In Super Bowl 13, The Pittsburgh Steelers owned the league’s best defense and the Dallas Cowboys the best offense. Pittsburgh defeated Dallas 35-31.
The Steelers built an insurmountable lead of 18 points and the famed “Steel Curtain” held Dallas down the stretch. The Steelers covered a 3.5-point spread.
In Super Bowl 19, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins. The 49ers owned the best defense and the Dolphins the best offense. The 49ers owned the time of possession with a ground game and kept the Dolphins offense off the field. Dan Marino was sacked on four occasions and intercepted on two, in the game by the 49ers defense.
In Super Bowl 24, the 49ers defeated the Broncos 55-10. San Francisco owned the league’s best offense and it showed. Joe Montana threw for five touchdowns and San Francisco led by 24 point at the half.
The fifth and final Super Bowl similar to this year’s matchup was Super Bowl 25 in which the New York Giants beat the Buffalo Bills 20-19. New York owned the best defense, while Buffalo had Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed on the league’s best offense. The game ended on a missed field goal by Buffalo.
The bottom line is that the defense has come out on top more times than not when the top offense faces the top defense in the Super Bowl.