Super Bowl XLVIII Preview: Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks

Posted: February 2, 2014 by ericbernsen in Inside The Odds, NFL, Sports
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The big day is finally here as New York (technically New Jersey) plays host to Super Bowl XLVIII as the Denver Bronco’s will take on the Seattle Seahawks. This heavyweight match-up has many storylines to it as the best offense in the league (Denver) will be squaring off against the NFL’s best defense (Seattle). From Peyton Manning’s legacy to Richard Sherman’s big mouth (which he backs up on the field), there has been no lack of anticipation leading up this championship game. The Meadowlands will be the venue and it seems like the outdoor/cold weather weather potential will have little impact, a topic that was covered ad nauseam this past week. Let’s take a look at what to expect in Super Bowl XLVIII and offer a preview. 

Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos (-2, 48)

The spotlight will be on Peyton Manning Sunday night as he will take center stage, looking to become the first starting quarterback to lead two franchises to a Super Bowl title. Manning put together a remarkable season shattering records for touchdowns and yards, and a victory could settle the debate of him being considered the greatest quarterback of all time. However, a loss by the Broncos will drop the league’s only five-time MVP below .500 in the postseason and 1-2 in Super Bowls. This would strengthen the argument of Peyton naysayers who contest that he continually comes up short in the big games.

This match-up will be a quintessential battle, marking only the fifth time in Super Bowl history that the NFL’s highest-scoring team (Denver) faces off against an opponent that surrendered the fewest points (Seattle). It is also only the second time in 20 seasons that the No. 1 seeds in each conference have reached the Super Bowl. In a game that will be the first outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl, the high-powered Denver offense should be feeling happy that snow/rain will probably not be playing a factor tonight. The Bronco’s have five players who scored at least 10 touchdowns this season, a dominant balance that is unprecedented and they will be looking to take advantage of it.

However, they will be going against a Seattle defense that have allowed only 14.4 points per game this season, surrendering the fewest total yards/passing yards while leading the league in takeaways (39) and interceptions (28). The “Legion of Boom” is led by high-profile cornerback Richard Sherman as he was number one in the league with eight interceptions this year. Nevertheless, it will be the Seattle offense that will have to up to the task as QB Russell Wilson will need to be at his best. Wilson has not thrown for more than one touchdown or 215 yards in his past six games despite having a  combined 27 wins in his first two seasons, which ties a league-high. Workhorse RB Marshawn Lynch will have to continue his playoff success considering he has rushed for over 100 yards four times in his six total postseason games. WR Percy Harvin will also be able to make an impact on the game returning from injury, and Wilson will look to him as a deep threat.

Nevertheless, it seems that Denver is just too stacked on the offensive side of the ball. Wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker are only the second tandem with more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in consecutive seasons, and adding in Wes Welker along with TE Julius Thomas has only increased the firepower. When we include 1000-yard rusher Knowshown Moreno in the mix, it is easy to see why Peyton Manning had a record-breaking season this year. If the Broncos defense can build upon the strides they have made late this season, it will be difficult for Seattle to keep up. We’re going with Denver in a game that should live up to its high expectations.

Good luck with your bets and enjoy the game!

 

 

 

 

 

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