Vegas experts' Super Bowl picks

Handicappers weigh in with their picks on Super Bowl XLVII

Originally Published: January 31, 2013
By Geoff Kulesa, Sal Selvaggio and Patrick Donovan | Special to ESPN Insider
Joe FlaccoJim Rogash/Getty ImagesTwo of three Vegas experts like the Baltimore Ravens to cover in the Super Bowl.

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With Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Insider enlisted the help of three Vegas handicappers -- Sal Selvaggio of Madduxsports.com, Geoff Kulesa of Wunderdog.com and The Sports Boss -- to get their takes on which team will cover this weekend, as well as some prop bet suggestions.

Matchup: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

Spread: 49ers minus-3.5


Wunderdog: The 49ers are a physical defensive team that has faced a pair of finesse, pass-oriented offenses with suspect defenses in two playoff games (Packers, Falcons). Now they face a team like themselves for the first time: a rough, physical defense that loves to smack the opponent in the face. One difference, though, is that the 49ers are a relatively young team, while the Ravens have a ton of postseason experience. Ray Lewis already has a championship ring and Joe Flacco is 8-4 in the playoffs. San Francisco has a young QB in Colin Kaepernick, who wasn't even the starter when this season began. He has performed well on the big stage thus far, but this is the biggest stage of all.

The San Francisco offense begins with the read-option, which is tough to defend as it takes time to learn. Baltimore catches a break with the two-week layoff, not only to rest after playing three straight playoff games (two on the road), but extra time to prepare for the read-option.