The Super Bowl 47 odds are finally posted, and today, I’m set to make my Super Bowl pointspread picks for the ‘total’ in the biggest game of the season. The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers are going to do battle at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Join me for my free Super Bowl tips for this 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff that can be seen on CBS.
Over the course of the last several seasons, the 49ers have really struggled and struggled mightily against this vaunted Baltimore defense. The team has scored just 19 points in three games, including just six when these two met up last season at M&T Bank Stadium. However, the Niners definitely have some talent offensively that they have showcased over the course of the last several weeks. QB Colin Kaepernick has proven that he is one of the best in the biz at the moment, and he can do just about anything that he is asked to do. I love the way that he runs that read option, and though I know that he isn’t going to run for anywhere near 181 yards like he did against the Packers a few weeks back, the Ravens have to always be aware of his running abilities.
Super Bowl Picks
Baltimore Ravens (13-6, 9-9-1 ATS) +4
New England Patriots (13-4-1, 11-7 ATS) -4
The Ravens, too, have flexed their offensive muscles over the course of the last few weeks. They have scored at least 24 in four straight meaningful games (forget about that Week 17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, as that game really didn’t mean anything and most of the starters didn’t play nearly the full game). QB Joe Flacco now has the buzz of being an elite quarterback after outdueling QB Peyton Manning and QB Tom Brady in back to back games. The former Delaware Blue Hen has done well, throwing for eight TDs. Most importantly to me, though? Not a single interception! RB Ray Rice is averaging over 80 yards per game on the ground in the playoffs, and those are big time numbers against defenses that have been pretty darn stout for the most part over the course of the season. WR Anquan Boldin is catching everything that is coming his way, and he and WR Torrey Smith each have a two-TD game under their belt here in the postseason.
Notice that I’m talking a lot about these two offenses? I think that this ‘total’ has already dropped too far. The Baltimore defense has played better ball than it probably ever could have been expected to play here in the second season, but I have to take those emotions out of it. This is the same unit that allowed 43 to the Houston Texans and 31 to the Washington Redskins, 34 to the Denver Broncos the first time around, and 30 against the New England Patriots back in Week 3. The 49ers, on the other hand, should be a lot better than they have been here in the second season as well. However, they really haven’t looked great against the best competition that they have run up against all season long, and that is definitely worrisome to me, as it should be to the San Fran nation. In the end, asking for 48 points isn’t all that much in relation to what we’ve seen over the course of the last few weeks. It has been one of the highest postseasons in NFL history, both on average points per game and total points scored, and this could be another one of these games that gets into the 50s when push comes to shove.
Super Bowl Picks & Tips: Over 47.5