This weekend (Sunday), the Super Bowl will kick off in the great American state of New Jersey. This is a historical event, due to it being the first outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl and representing the greatest city in the world.
Two of the best teams this year, face off in MetLife Stadium on Feb 2, 2014. On one side, Seattle represents the best defense this year; And on the other side, Denver represents the best offense.
Did I mention the possibility of having the first snow-filled Super Bowl?
The Historical Implication of Super Bowl XLVIII:
We are blessed to be living in an age where we get to watch two of the greatest signal callers. Of course, I am speaking off the legacies of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. While Brady gets to watch from his coach this year, Manning is in route to his second career Super bowl. His only Super bowl victory came in 2006 in which he led the Colts to victory against the Chicago Bears. Throughout his career as an NFL Quarterback, he has proved to be the best regular season quarterback the game has seen. Yet, he has had trouble in the playoff, failing multiple times to reach the big game, and many times losing to the great Tom Brady in the post-season. His mark on history, once said and done will be remembered by the number of championships won and failures on the big stage. This game marks Manning chance to prove his legitimacy as the best quarter back of all time when compared to Joe Montana, Tom Brady and Dan Marino. Can Manning win his second Super bowl and get one step closer to Brady’s three and Montana’s four. Pro-Manning fans have always used the lack of offensive talent, as Manning’s downfall. This year, Manning runs one of the best, if not the best offense the game has ever seen.
Seattle is one of the teams that are yet to capture a Super Bowl. They’ve been there before, but lost on the big stage. This year, Seattle is equipped with one of the best defenses in football. Lead by a merciless secondary designating themselves as the Legion of Boom. This group is led by cornerback, Richard Sherman and safety, Earl Thomas III. To describe this group as hard hitting and ball hawking is an understatement. This defense is out to prove why the phrase “Defense wins championships” is truer now in this pass-happy league than ever before.
Peyton Manning vs. The Legion of Boom:
The best vs. the best. Denver’s best player is Peyton Manning. Seattle’s best players are in the secondary. Can Peyton find the holes in this secondary? Peyton has a history of picking an opponent’s secondary apart. On Sunday he plays the best we have seen in some time. He needs to excel here for Denver to have a chance. If this does not occur, Denver will surely lose, and lose big they will. Manning is lucky to have an arsenal of very talented wide receivers that make his task much easier. Starting with the team’s best wide receiver D. Thomas, he will square off against R. Sherman. Expect this to be a very feisty matchup with many confrontations. Manning also has Wes Welker lined-up up in the slot, J. Thomas as a tight end, Eric Decker as a #2 receiver and of course Moreno as a check down with very good ball skills. All three wide receivers are #1 receiver on most NFL teams, only proves that if Denver loses, Manning is at fault.
Manning is going to focus and flourish even with this pressure on him.
Offensive Line vs. Defensive Line:
Manning’s failures at times (like most QB’s) have been due to bad protection. His line has been very solid this year. Denver invested money in their line to protect the future hall of fame quarterback. This is the time to ensure he is protected. Rightfully so, Manning has had neck problems that resulted in multiple surgeries. And Denver knows that they only way they win is if Manning is upright picking defenses apart. Seattle defensive line is above average with starters like Bruce Irving and Cliff Avril disrupting the QB’s flow. Standout linebacker Bobby Wagner will also be an asset here. They need to “bring the heat” and force Manning to throw the ball quicker than he would like, which will cause the secondary to force interceptions.
The group that breaks down will cause a domino effect to the final score of the game.
Knowshon Moreno and Marshawn Lynch vs. The Rush Defense:
Both running backs had a good 2014 regular season. Lynch is the more talented running back of the two. Moreno has had the better season due to opponent’s constant focus on Manning’s aerial attack. In other words, Moreno will have a good game due to Seattle’s focus on playing the pass. Lynch, needs to have a good game in order to give Seattle a chance. This matchup becomes more critical if the weather conditions are windy or snowy. The running game will always be the most important tool in bad weather conditions.
EDGE: Moreno and Lynch
Moreno and Lynch will have plenty of holes to run. Seattle will be too busy covering the pass, and Denver simple won’t be able to stop Lynch.
Seattle Offense vs. Denver Defense:
This is the biggest variable in this game. Russell Wilson and Co. has been inconsistent this year. Again so has Denver’s defense. Denver will be without the services of Von Miller. The clear winner of this matchup could be the deciding factor in this game. This is where coaching will be crucial. John Fox, Denver’s coach is a defensive coach. Pete Carol, Seattle’s coach is an offensive minded coach. Let’s not forget this implication of protecting the ball. Seattle needs to be turnover free.
EDGE: Seattle Offense
Seattle’s offense has had better days than Denver’s defense. Seattle’s offense has to be so much better though in order to change the outcome of the game. If Denver breaks down defensively like they did against the Ravens in the divisional matchup last year, could again cost Denver the game.
All odds, lines and prop bets are courtesy of Bovada
Money Line: Seattle (+115), Denver (-135)
Denver Broncos to win 35-17. Peyton Manning wins his second Super Bowl MVP honors.