Super Bowl XLVIII Preview

Predictions are made to be wrong, but this year, I stuck with my preseason pick and it turned out right. A Broncos versus Seahawks Super Bowl was in the cards.

The No. 1 offense in the NFL will face the No. 1 defense it the NFL. If there was ever a game to decide whether offense or defense wins championships, this would be it. But no matter what, unless of course its -20 degrees with blizzard-like conditions, this will be an excellent Super Bowl.

I can’t wait to see Peyton Manning attempt to find holes in the “Legion of Boom,” and Richard Sherman face off against the not-so-sorry Broncos receivers. It’s going to be a great game filled with “Omahas,” Richard Sherman lines and lots of talking about the weather.

Currently its supposed to be 28 degrees Fahrenheit and cloudy, but one really never knows and another polar vortex could come churning through New Jersey, turning the Super Bowl into a blizzard bowl, but hey wouldn’t that be fun?

No Roger Goodell, it wouldn’t. Next time let’s make sure stadiums in cold weather climates hosting the Super Bowl have domes. What a novel idea!

But enough with the weather, onto the match ups.

Quarterbacks: Peyton Manning, DEN vs Russell Wilson, SEA: This match up isn’t even close. While Russell Wilson is a dynamic, young quarterback he pales in comparison with arguably the greatest quarterback of all time. Advantage: Broncos

Running Backs: Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball, DEN vs Marshawn Lynch, SEA: Statistically, Lynch and Moreno are not that far apart, but in reality; it’s not that close. Lynch is a beast and can break tackles with ease. Moreno and Ball do their job well, but are not in the same tier as Lynch. Advantage: Seahawks

Wide Receivers: Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, DEN vs Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, SEA: This is also not even close. The Broncos had the No. 1 passing offense in the NFL, while the Seahawks were No. 26. No Seattle receiver topped 1000 yards, while two Broncos receivers, Thomas and Decker, topped 1000, with three more over 500 yards. Advantage: Broncos

Tight Ends: Julius Thomas, DEN vs Zach Miller, SEA: Thomas had more than double the number of touchdowns and yards caught by Miller. Advantage: Broncos

Offensive Line: The Broncos offensive line gave up 21 sacks while the Seahawks offensive line gave up 44. Both offensive lines paved the way for over 1500 yards rushing and a 1000-yard rusher. The Seahawks line is built to run-block, as the Seahawks are a run-first team, while the Broncos line is built to protect Manning at all costs. The Seahawks also faced better pass rushers than the Broncos, as the NFC West is filled with them. Slight Advantage: Seahawks

Defensive Line: Both teams accounted for over 40 sacks, 44.0 for the Seahawks and 41.0 for the Broncos, making these two of the best defensive lines in the league. The Broncos were No. 8 in the NFL in rush yards allowed while the Seahawks were No. 7. Talent wise, the Seahawks have the edge with Chris Clemons, Cliff Avril and Red Bryant coming off the edge, and Tony McDaniel and Brandon Mebane. However the Broncos are not that far off with Shaun Phillips and Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton heading the Denver defensive line. Slight Advantage: Seahawks

Linebackers: If Von Miller wasn’t out for the season with an injury this would be a closer matchup, however as he is not, the Seahawks have a clear advantage. The Seahawks starting linebackers have accounted for 8.0 sacks and 5 interceptions while the Broncos linebackers have accounted for 4.5 sacks and 5 interceptions. Talent wise, Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner and Malcom Smith are better than Wesley Woodyard, Danny Trevathan and Nate Irving. Advantage: Seahawks

Defensive Backs: The Seahawks defensive backfield, nicknamed the legion of boom and led by All-Pro Richard Sherman, had a total of 28 interceptions this year. The Broncos defensive backs have constantly been their defensive weakness, as the Broncos are No. 27 in the NFL in passing yards allowed, compared to the Seahawks at No. 1. Advantage: Seahawks

Special Teams: Both Steve Hauschka and Matt Prater are two of the NFL’s best kickers, having made 94 and 96 percent of their field goals, respectively. Both should be used to kicking in the cold, but longer field goals could be an issue with snow flurries and wind gusts. The same goes with the punters Jon Ryan and Britton Colquitt. Each nets over 39 yards per punt, with 28 and 23 pins inside the 20-yard line, respectively. If the game becomes a field position battle both punters should be up to the task, as each allows less than 10 yards per return. Trindon Holliday is a much better returner than Jermaine Kearse or Golden Tate. Slight Advantage: Broncos

This Super Bowl is clearly a matchup between the best defense and the best offense. Seattle has the edge on defense and Manning and the Broncos have the edge on offense.

That being said, I predict: Denver Broncos 27, Seattle Seahawks 20. If you give Peyton Manning two weeks to dissect a defense, he will find holes and pick it apart. And even a slowed down Manning and Broncos offense is still too much for Wilson and the Seahawks’ defense to compete with.


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