What: Super Bowl XLVIII
When: Sunday, February 2, 2014, 6:30 P.M. EST
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Line: -3.0 Denver*
*Betting line subject to change via Bovada
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Sports Injury Alert has been picking winners throughout these playoffs, and we won't stop now. We want to line your pockets and have you coming back for free information for years to come. Let's analyze why each team will win, picking a winner with the betting line in mind at the end.
Why the Seahawks Will Win:
If there is a secondary out there that can stop the passing onslaught by Peyton Manning, it is the self-dubbed Legion of Boom, or L.O.B. Cornerback Richard Sherman is a favorite to win the defensive player of the year award, and when you pick off 17.% of passes thrown your way, you are a worthy recipient. This is the most talented secondary in the last 15 years.
They are much tougher up front than people recognize. Brandon Mebane, Michael Bennett, and Cliff Avril have all been outstanding this postseason, having their way with much better offensive lines than the Broncos throughout their run. If they can get pressure on Manning and stifle Knowshon Moreno, the defense has the ability to stop the high-powered Denver offense and to win Super Bowl 48.
On offense, Seattle doesn't need to do anything different than run the ball hard with Marshawn Lynch, nickel and diming their way up the field with short plays and the occasional downfield attempt by Russell Wilson. No gadgetry will be necessary for the 'Hawks if they simply play their game.
Why the Broncos Will Win:
Is it actually possible to stop the Broncos' offense? Manning is a surgeon when given time in the pocket, and although Seattle has a very strong defensive line, they tend to avoid exposing themselves by blitzing, trusting their front to get pressure without the added bodies. If the continuity of the Broncos' offensive line can give Peyton time, nobody - not even the L.O.B. - can stop him.
With so much focus on the arm of Manning, Moreno and the underrated Broncos' rushing attack gets overlooked. There should be ample trudging room up the middle for the Broncos.
On defense, expect the Broncos to yield points. Seattle is very physical and will be harder to handle than any team Denver has faced this year. While the Broncos boast the league's third-best run defense, they will have to work harder than ever to slow Lynch. By doing so, they will expose a secondary that finished near the bottom in total passing yards allowed.
Final Analysis and Prediction
At this stage, anybody can beat anybody. Surprisingly, I think this game will be a shootout, and one that I expect Denver to win. Seattle no longer has the benefit of playing in front of their raucous 12th man, and because of it, I expect their lack of playoff experience (not a single player has been to a Super Bowl) to surface.
Last year, Denver was unable to kill the clock against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Playoffs, forcing Manning to throw the ball into coverage late in the game to effectively move the chains. They are better equipped to grind down the clock this season, and because of it, they are a confident team when in front.
I look for both teams to come out firing, but for things to slow in the second half, and for Manning to become the first quarterback in NFL history to have a ring with two separate teams. Take Denver at -3.0 and use your winnings to prepare the necessary platform for mass producing your gut-wrenching chili in 2014.
Denver 31, Seattle 24
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