Super Bowl XLVII Preview
We are just three days away from the game of the year!
Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos
Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 @ 5:30 pm
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
WEATHER UPDATE: Seems like more people are talking about the weather for Sunday more than the actual game. So we will start with a weather update. Sunday’s Forecast is Mostly Cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s and lows in the mid 20s. 10 % chance of precipitation. 9 mph wind out of the west. Weather will NOT be a huge factor in this game….sorry if that disappoints you.
Blah, blah, blah….no one cares…its football, not basketball… now on to the good stuff…
Three matchups to watch on Super Bowl Sunday.
- Seahawks’s Secondary vs. Broncos’s WR/TE’s
Seattle brings the the #1 overall defense (#1 pass, #7 rush) into the Meadowlands this Sunday. The Seahawks’ secondary is big, tough and aggressive. While the scheme Seattle runs is simple, teams struggle to move the ball through the air because of their length and execution. Greg Cosell of NFL Films spoke about different ways for Denver to get favorable matchups against the stout Seattle defense. One way Cesell mentioned is to have three WR’s on one side and one on the other. Because of the defense Seattle runs, the receiver on the side by himself will have straight up one-on-one coverage. Usually that cornerback will have a safety to help him just in case he gets beat but Cosell found that All-Pro Safety Earl Thomas always cheats to the strong side of the field. Look for Peyton Manning to take advantage of this numerous times throughout the game. Seattle has done a great job at shutting down elite tight ends this season (ATL’s T. Gonzalez-3 catches 29 yards, NO’s J. Graham-1 catch 8 yards & SF’s V. Davis-2 catches 16 yards). Time will tell if Denver’s Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas can break that mold.
Richard Sherman vs. Demaryius Thomas. oh yeah baby! This is what to watch!
Seattle’s on-field and vocal leader is cornerback Richard Sherman. Sherman (6’3, 195 lbs.) is an elite corner & usually locks down any receiver on his side of the field. Thomas (6’2, 229 lbs) has been Manning’s favorite target this season. Although they will not be going against each other the entire game dammit, expect some big plays from both of these extremely physical players. Thomas is on his way to becoming one of the top receivers in the NFL. A big game on Sunday against Sherman would definitely speed up that conversation. Beast vs. Beast, get the popcorn ready!
OK, that was a little long…these next two will be quicker
2. Broncos Offensive Line vs. Seahawks Pass Rush
Seattle recorded 44 sacks this season, 8th in the NFL. Denver passed more than any other team in the NFL but Peyton was only sacked 20 times, lowest amount of sacks allowed in the NFL. wow. This Broncos line is underrated but make no mistake, Peyton Manning gets rid of the ball in around three seconds. Is that quick? Yeah…very quick. His quick release makes it extremely tough hit him. On Sunday an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.
3. Marshawn Lynch vs. Broncos’ Front 7
The running game is Seattle’s bread and butter. They will run, run, run and run some more. Seattle is averaging 144.5 yards per game this postseason. Denver, this postseason, is only giving up 64.5 yards per game. This matchup will be the deciding factor in this game. If Denver can limit Lynch’s production it will help give the ball back to the Broncos potent offense. If Seattle can keep Beast Mode on the field, it will in turn keep Manning off of the field. WIN WIN for SEA.
There are two major aspects of this game that no one seems to be talking about…but should be.
1. Denver’s running game–Most of the hype in this game is about the Broncos passing game with Peyton Manning but Denver also has a pretty dynamic running back duo in Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball. Moreno will get a majority of the snaps on Sunday in New Jersey,mostly because of his pass protection skills. While Marshawn Lynch deserves the media attention he receives, Moreno has put up some similar numbers.
M. Lynch: 301 carries, 1,257 yards and 12 TD’s
K. Moreno: 241 carries, 1,038 yards and 10 TD’s
The rookie running back Montee Ball has been solid for Denver this year as well. During the Broncos final 10 games Ball has recorded 399 yards and 4 TD’s. This running game will help keep Seattle’s defense honest throughout the game.
Prediction: Denver 31
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