Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos - 2/2/14
Seattle Seahawks (13-3) at Denver Broncos (13-3)
NFL Football: Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: Denver Broncos 0 -- Over/Under: 47.5 See the Latest Odds
The Lombardi Trophy is up for grabs this coming Sunday as the AFC Champions from Denver and the league’s best offense take on the NFC Champions from Seattle and the league’s top defense at Met Life Stadium in New York.
The Seahawks look for their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history on Sunday after ridding of the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game in what was certainly one for the ages and was deep rooted in hate and bad blood. Seattle sealed their fate in the big game after outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman deflected a pass intended for Niners wide out Michael Crabtree that was ultimately intercepted and downed for a touchback which ran out the rest of the game clock. The Seahawks were very emotional after the victory and rightly so and will look to use that emotion as fuel this weekend when they take on the game’s top offense, NFL MVP favourite Peyton Manning, and the rest of the Denver Broncos. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch were vital in the Seattle victory and while the defense and namely Sherman received most of the attention postgame it is the Seattle offensive unit that could be the difference maker in this contest. Wilson has emerged as one of the bright young stars in the league and Marshawn Lynch has been unloading beast mode on everybody since he was traded from the Bills to the Seahawks a few years ago and with Denver’s defense being a little underwhelming I expect the ground game to play a huge role in this one for Seattle. The most important matchup to me however will be the one between Sherman and likely Demaryius Thomas as the deep threat for the Broncos will be the go to receiving option and his speed should give some extra space for Eric Decker and Wes Welker to get open.
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The Broncos have been business as usual all season long much like their Super Bowl counterparts have been in the NFC but executed a very different game plan and registered the single greatest offensive season from any team in league history. Peyton Manning broke Tom Brady’s records for touchdowns in a season and Drew Brees’ mark for passing yards in a season while the Broncos as a whole set the mark for total points in a season that could very well culminate with a Super Bowl title on Sunday. A lot of discussion has centered around Manning and his “legacy” that will or will not be cemented based on the outcome of this contest but whether or not he wins his second Super Bowl ring it is clear he is one of if not the greatest to ever play the quarterback position and is certainly already one of the classiest and hardest working. The Broncos offense is ridiculous and will be very hard to stop even for the top rated Seahawks who will likely shut down Thomas via Richard Sherman but will still have to contend with Welker, Decker, Julius Thomas, and Andre Caldwell through the air and Knowshon Moreno out of the back field which will give Pete Carroll nightmares if they can generate success. Defensively, the Broncos are a bit underwhelming especially without Von Miller but they were able to win games without him for most of the season and showed they can do so on the big stage against the Pats in the AFC Championship game where Denver’s defense played very well. This is going to be one heck of a football game between two very good teams and while the old adage refers back to defense winning championships I have to side with the team that has the best player in the game and the team with the most Super Bowl experience. Enjoy the contest nonetheless but I think we see blue and orange confetti raining down when the clock hits zeroes.