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The Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers matchup on Sunday night might be the most highly anticipated NFL opener of 2012. That’s because Peyton Manning will be taking the field for his new hometown team in Denver, with the expectations sky high for the Broncos.
Just how has Manning’s presence in Denver affected the odds?
Denver has shot up the seventh-overall favorite to win Super Bowl XLVII before he has taken a snap under center in the regular season. In fact, they went up that high before Manning took a single snap in the preseason. They sit at 15/1, which is better than twice what they were when Tim Tebow was still in town under center.
Or rather, in the shotgun.
The Broncos and Steelers will square off in the first edition of Sunday Night Football in prime time for the 2012 season, and we expect it to be a good one.
Oddsmakers expect it to be a close one as well, with Manning and Denver getting the slight edge.
Broncos vs Steelers Week 1 Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set Denver as two-point favorites to get the Peyton Manning era off to a winning start. And if Denver plays well and gets the win, we could see the Broncos creep up the list of Super Bowl favorites even more.
For the Steelers, their season came to an end in this stadium in the playoffs against Tebow in overtime in the wildcard round back in January. You can bet that Pittsburgh will have revenge on their minds, though with an entirely new feel with Manning now the quarterback. The Steelers are predicted to be a playoff contender once again, and battle it out with Baltimore in the AFC North. A win on the road over Denver in Week 1 would certainly be a big one.
This one kicks off at 8:30pm ET, with coverage on NBC. Check out the betting odds for this game below, as well as the rest of the Week 1 line up in the NFL as available at Bovada.