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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII Preview: Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos

By on 1/30/2014 02:00:00 PM

Seattle Seahawks (15-3) at Denver Broncos (15-3) Sunday, February 2, 2014
6:25 pm EST at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Weather:  Cold, high in the 30's at kickoff

Line:  Broncos by 3*

Well, look at what we have here.  Two number one seeds playing in the big game, who would have thought it would come to this?  Apparently many of us predicted these two teams facing off for the big game.  After about five weeks into the season, I told my friends it would be a Seattle/Denver Super Bowl, and I am shocked that I was accurate.  The funny thing is, since I never thought I would be right, I never picked a winner. 

So now we have the league's number one defense (Seattle) playing the league's number one offense (Denver) for the big game.  We have a veteran quarterback in Peyton Manning versus a sophomore quarterback in Russell Wilson. We have a loaded offense with Denver, and a terrifying defense with Seattle.  We have an outdoor venue which has been highly criticized because of the fear of nasty weather, with questions if it will affect the play.

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The Denver Broncos are 15-3 for a very good reason.  Their offensive weapons are so great, so varying, it's almost impossible to stop them.  Starting with the "Sheriff" Peyton Manning who has a 115.1 total quarterback rating and is entering the big game crushing record books with 6,107 yards and 59 touchdowns.  This decorated quarterback would not have such success if it weren't for his receivers' golden hands.  Leading the all-star class is Demaryius Thomas (14 touchdowns), Julius Thomas (12 touchdowns),  Eric Decker (11 touchdowns) and Wes Welker (10 touchdowns)...four receivers with double digit touchdowns, almost unheard of these days.  Lets play devils advocate and think about what would happen if the weather was an issue and the ball needed to stay on the ground.  Enter running backs Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball, with a combined 1,833 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.  Unstoppable? 

The Seattle Seahawks are also 15-3 for a very good reason.  Defense.  Yes, Richard Sherman is a huge part of the crushing defense that I call "nasty", and those who are sick of his name and his interviews just need to deal with it.  The identity of the Seattle Seahawks defense comes from their secondary, or the "Legion of Boom". The Legion of Boom is made up of safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, as well as corner back Richard Sherman. Sherman is one of the best cover corners in the league, and he led the NFL in interceptions with eight.  Considering the Seahawks actually had to score points to win, we have to look at their offense as well.  Sophomore quarterback Russell Wilson has totaled 3,691 combined yards and 27 touchdowns this year.  Running back Marshawn "Beastmode" Lynch has quietly accumulated 1,506 yards and 15 touchdowns, making Seattle's rush offense dangerous.

Even after my studying, researching, analyzing, discussing and writing...even after my synopsis of these two teams were put in black and white, the question still remains.  Who will win?  I am dismissing the weather as a factor, as both of these teams have played all year under worse conditions and they both have prevailed.  I have always been one to stand by the defense, always been the one to say "offense wins games, defense wins championships". I am a staunch supporter of defense, and that will never change.

Until now.

For once in my life I am going against my normal defensive stance.  I feel that Manning and company are just going to be too much for the Legion of Boom to handle.  I take the Denver Broncos 27-20, covering the spread with ease. 

Check out the rest of the staffs picks and vote for your Super Bowl pick here!

*Football lines are provided by Brovada at the time of this writing and are subject to change


  1. Should have stuck with defense, indeed you should have. Defense wins championships and it will this time.

  2. We will see. I never go against D, but this time, indeed I am.