I’m a lifelong Seahawks fan, but a fairly casual and not particularly analytical NFL fan. So perhaps someone who knows the league better than I would care to explain why the Seahawks are longer shots for the title than the Broncos?
1) Path to Super Bowl in AFC easier than NFC
2) Events of February 2, 2014 were an outlier, not indicative of likely future outcomes in matchups between the two teams.
3) Off season personnel changes improved the Broncos’ roster relative to the Seahawks.
I assume (1) is doing the most work here. It’s not clear the NFC’s greater strength was all that significant in 2013, but of course perceptions matter as much as reality in setting the line. Am I missing something?