Super Bowl XLVIII Preview
The two best teams in the regular season clash on Super Bowl XLVIII when the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos take the field at MetLife Stadium.
The Broncos are currently favored by 2 points across the board but an argument can be made for each team as the NFL's best offense will face the league's best defense.
Peyton Manning had the best season by a quarterback in NFL history, shattering records for touchdowns and passing yards, the two most important statistics in factoring effective quarterbacks, and a win could settle the debate of whether he is the greatest quarterback of all-time. Complemented by talented wide receivers, an effective running game and an emerging defense, Manning and the Broncos have what it takes to win this game.
However, the Seahawks are the real deal and they match up well against the Broncos in terms of talent. Their secondary ranked atop the NFL during the season, giving up just 172.0 passing yards per game. Richard Sherman leads a defense that doesn't allow anything easy through the air and that unit has made plenty of plays to help the Seahawks win the NFC.
The playmaking ability of Russell Wilson in the pocket along with the Marshawn Lynch's running ability allows the Seahawks to pound the ball offensively. But that could present problems against a Broncos team that shut down bruising Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount in the AFC Championship Game. The return of Percy Harvin could be a huge boost for the offense, which has been somewhat thin at wide receiver without him.
Keys to the Game
As great as Seattle's defense is, their best defense against Denver might actually be their offense.
The last time the Broncos lost, the Chargers pounded the ball on the ground, handing the ball off 29 times to Ryan Mathews in Week 15. The Chargers rushed 44 times, while Philip Rivers attempted only 20 passes.
The Seahawks have a bruising running back in Marshawn Lynch they have to establish the run game because the Broncos can't score if they don't have the ball.
The Broncos are defined by their prolific offense, but the most impressive facet of their win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game may have been the performance of their defense, which stymied Tom Brady and the Patriots for most of the game.
Everyone knows what the Broncos can do on offense, but they showed how dominant they can be when their defense plays well. The Broncos need to keep that defensive momentum going against the Seahawks.
This game will come down to whoever takes care of the ball best and takes advantage of scoring chances. It's hard to predict this game as these two teams are incredibly talented on both sides of the ball and match up well against one another in certain aspects, which is why I have to go with the quarterback who is most likely to avoid making mistakes. Peyton Manning has been here before two times and he knows what is like to win and lose a Super Bowl and that experience will be the difference in the end.
When: 6:25 PM ET, February 2
Where: MetLife Stadium
Line: Broncos -2 at America's Bookie
Weather: 36° F/ 2° C
Last meeting: 8/17/13 Broncos 10 Seahawks 40
- The Seahawks are 12-6 ATS
- The Seahawks are 9-6 ATS in games played on turf
- The Seahawks are 7-3 ATS after two or more consecutive wins
- The Broncos are 11-6-1 ATS
- The Broncos are 3-1 ATS in non-conference games
- The Broncos are 3-6 ATS after two or more consecutive wins
I need this one
Peyton has been known to choke at times in postseason. Here he is in the Super Bowl and in a way, his legacy is on the line, even though he is one of the most prolific QB's ever. He will still be considered a great but there will be a bit of taint if he can't win the big one again. I LOVE Seattle but I really think Denver wins this one.
gulfcoastplayer;362662 wrote: Peyton has been known to choke at times in postseason. Here he is in the Super Bowl and in a way, his legacy is on the line, even though he is one of the most prolific QB's ever. He will still be considered a great but there will be a bit of taint if he can't win the big one again. I LOVE Seattle but I really think Denver wins this one.
I hope your right by at least 4 points