Ah, where to begin. The Super Bowl is the culmination of 20 weeks of NFL football, some teams playing only 16, but the lucky ones playing in more. The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks are the last two standing, and I can’t say I’m too surprised by this one. While it’s actually rare to have both #1 seeds in the Super Bowl, these two teams were just too dominant not to keep winning. This should be a phenomenal game showcasing one of the greatest offenses of all time against the best defense in the league.
How the Seahawks could win
There are so many reasons why either team could win, but I’ll start out with the team that has the perfect characteristics of a team that wins a Super Bowl: a good run game and a good defense. Actually, “good” is nowhere near a good description of either of these facets of their team…they’re great, in some cases unstoppable. When Marshawn Lynch gets into Beast Mode, there’s no use trying to stop him. Lynch is an extremely powerful runner and helped lead the Seahawks to the 4th best run offense in the league. When the Skittles start flying from the stands, you know you’re in trouble. He’s coming off of a game where he tore up one of the best defenses in the league. Watch out for Lynch, they’re probably going to use him a lot.
While the pass offense is nowhere near the caliber of pretty much any team in the NFL, that doesn’t mean Russell Wilson is a bad QB. He has that “it” factor that many guys don’t have and is able to escape pressure and do his trademark spin to elude defenders when he’s running around. He also has a strong ability to run the ball himself; this is the last game of the season, so they’re going to be pulling out all the stops. If Lynch can’t get something going, look for Wilson to start running the ball more, even on designed pass plays. He needs to give it his all if he wants to prove he’s truly a Pro Bowl caliber QB. While he doesn’t have the receivers to do it, he can certainly do it with his good legs and decision making.
In addition to their dominating run game, they have a nearly impenetrable defense. They’re ranked #1 overall, including #1 in pass defense thanks in big part to Richard Sherman. He has trash-talked his way through this whole season, but there’s no denying it that he’s a very good CB. Some argue that he’s even the best at his position, but that’s a whole different topic. No matter who he covers in the game, he will shut the guy down. It would be very uncharacteristic of him to do poorly. The pass rush is also phenomenal, in addition to their linebackers. To be honest, there’s nothing about their defense that isn’t great. It’s going to be a heck of a matchup.
Also, Pete Carroll is insane, and he will do insane things. He has somehow managed to win games off of being a crazy coach, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see something devious up his sleeve when the game unfolds. While he doesn’t have Super Bowl experience, him and his team’s fans will still be there cheering louder than any other team. Those are two huge x-factors.
How the Broncos could win
While the Seahawks win by running the ball and playing good defense, the Broncos are the total opposite. They win by complete dominance on offense and outscoring their opponents, picking up astronomical amounts of yards and points during the season. They never scored under 20 points in a game all year, and they only scored under 30 points three times. That’s just crazy. Peyton Manning is an NFL god, and no matter how much I dislike him, he is guaranteed to win yet another MVP award this year. He has come back from his neck surgery and provided the Broncos with two ridiculously good seasons, the second of them being record-setting. 5477 yards and 55 TDs is just out-of-this-world good. It takes a ton to stop Manning, and I doubt the Seahawks will be able to do so.
While the Seahawks are mainly a one-sided show on offense, the Broncos have enough talent to both run and pass. Knowshon Moreno rushed for over 1000 yards and should be able to play in this game despite getting injured last week. And even if he can’t play, Montee Ball has played very well as of late and could likely step in with a good performance, even though he’s a rookie. If Seattle is able to shut down Manning, they’ll be fine with just feeding the ball to Moreno and Ball all game and go from there.
Also, the Broncos just have too many offensive weapons. The Seahawks probably have the best CB in the league, as well as an entire secondary that is amazing, but there’s no way they can cover all of the Broncos’ weapons. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, and Julius Thomas are all of the caliber of #1 guys and can take over a game if another one is shut down. No matter who Sherman decides to cover, Manning will be able to look elsewhere and be fine. Manning can even look to pass to Jacob Tamme or Andre Caldwell if need be, who he’s made look like superstars at times. There are just too many dangerous guys out there for Seattle to cover.
Overall, my gut says the Seahawks have the edge because “defense wins championships,” but I just can’t see Peyton Manning losing in this one. He needs another Super Bowl ring to prove his immortality, and there’s no doubt he’s chasing the GOAT moniker. John Fox and Manning have Super Bowl experience while the Seahawks do not. I think when it comes down to it, the Broncos have the slight edge. Nonetheless, it should be an amazing game and a great way to finish off the season. MVP Prediction: Peyton Manning. Score Prediction: Broncos 28, Seahawks 24