Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks versus Broncos
February 2, 2014
Okay crazy football fanatics – our holiest of days is upon us; the time when we crown this years Super Bowl champion! I always get excited this time of year yet a little sad. Once this game is over, we have 6 months before they report to training camp again in July. For this week’s blog, I have decided to break down each of the positions and tell you who I think has the advantage.
It’s hard to imagine a better game on paper. The number one offense in the NFL, churning out 37.9 points and almost 460 yards per game. On the opposite sideline is the number one defense, holding teams to just 14.4 points and 273 yards per game. The unstoppable force of the Denver Broncos Offense hitting the immovable object of the Seattle Seahawks Defense.
Peyton Manning versus Russell Wilson
Manning has the edge in experience with two Super Bowl appearances and one victory under his belt, plus his Hall of Fame resume. Wilson has the youth movement and is a superior running threat. You’re talking about an MVP candidate versus someone in their 2nd year in the league. In the history of the NFL, how many QB’s would you give the advantage to over Manning? Russell Wilson may get there someday but he is not there yet!
Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball versus Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin
With the weather calling for a 30% chance of snow for the Super Bowl, the ground game could be the major focal point for both teams. If Wilson cannot throw into the storm, Lynch has the strength and body of work in bad conditions to give Seattle a reliable ground game. Moreno has finesse but the slippery ground could prove to be his downfall. I think in this game, Seattle will rely heavily on ‘Beast Mode’ to eat up clock and try to keep Manning’s powerful offense off the field.
Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Wes Welker versus Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate and Jermaine Kearse
Even if Percy Harvin plays for Seattle, his recent injury history will likely make him an afterthought. While Welker is hardly 100% either, the sheer talent differential between the two squads is vast. I am very curious to see the matchup between Demaryius Thomas and Richard Sherman, as the entire game could come down to who wins that battle.
Clark, Beadles, Ramirez, Vasquez and Franklin versus Okung, Carpenter, Unger, Sweezy and Giacomini
Seattle had to do some offensive line shuffling throughout the playoffs. While the adjustments paid off, Russell Okung has showed some weakness on the left side and Carpenter has been in and out of the lineup all year. The Denver line has only two real stars in center: Manny Ramirez and guard Louis Vasquez. However, the stability gives the Broncos a tremendous asset.
Shaun Phillips has been a postseason terror for the Broncos, racking up two sacks and six quarterback hurries. But the Seattle duo of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett has been in the backfield seemingly all postseason long. They have a combined three sacks, four forced fumbles, and some very unhappy offensive coordinators. The gap between these teams would be even wider if Brandon Mebane was not questionable for the contest, but it is hard to imagine him sitting out.
While most look at the star linebackers: Bobby Wagner for the Seahawks and Danny Trevathan for the Broncos, Seattle’s Malcolm Smith is the one that has truly benefited their defense. His 13 tackles and constant pressure on opposing offenses has been a massive help for Seattle in the playoffs. Denver truly misses the disruptive force of Von Miller.
Since Seattle’s win over San Francisco, Richard Sherman has been the center of media attention. The polarizing cornerback has been one of the most effective players in the playoffs, and the Lex Luthor of the ‘Legion of Boom’ will be ready to step up to Thomas’s challenge. Champ Bailey leads an experienced Denver secondary, but weakness at the safety spot may lead to some open Seattle receivers.
While Seattle has a lead on defense, the gap on offense may be too large for Seattle to makeup. The Seahawks need a snowstorm to turn the tides on offense in their favor. While Denver will not score the 38 they are used to, Seattle will not be able to hold back Peyton Manning for long no matter how strong their Defense is.
Score Prediction: Denver 31, Seattle 21
Going out on a huge limb – I am predicting that if Denver does win, Peyton Manning will be named the game’s MVP.
Now you have my thoughts and predictions, but I want to hear yours!
Who do you think will become Super Bowl champs and what will the score be?
The Davidoff of Geneva Robusto Assortment
Just a heads up, we are launching an awesome cigar combo this weekend: The Davidoff of Geneva Robusto Assortment. One of the sticks I think you will really enjoy is Griffin’s Robusto – a smooth smoke with an easy draw and an even burn. The flavors get better as it burns, begging you to burn it all the way to the nub!
This sampler would be perfect for your Super Bowl party – watching the game with a cold one in hand! Otherwise, you’re welcome to enjoy these delicious sticks solo.
Cheerleaders of the Week
Since this is one of my final football articles, I had our staff vote on their top 5 Cheerleaders of the Week and here are the results. Did we miss one that should have been in the top 5? Let us know in the comments section below!