The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are playing in this year’s Super Bowl, and it’s shaping up to be a very close match up. Yet, I don’t see it playing out that way. Most are expecting a close game because the Seahawks boast a top ranked defense, and the Broncos are bringing Peyton Manning and his record setting offense. I see this game being won handily by the Seahawks on both sides of the ball.
I’ll start with Seattle’s offense. It’s true that quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t playing his best football, but with the return of Percy Harvin the offense can spread the field and take pressure off of Marshawn Lynch. Seattle is coming off a physical game with the San Francisco 49ers, and having played against their defense three times already this season and winning twice, I am confident that Wilson can maneuver the offense around Denver’s defense. I envision Lynch running wild, Wilson throwing for more than 250 yards and two touchdowns, and Percy Harvin’s on field presence serving as a decoy to open up other receivers.
Seattle’s defense is going to set up the offense. Manning has shown all season that his arm isn’t what it used to be. If you’ve seen any passes thrown by Manning this season you know exactly what I mean. His tightest spiral is a wounded duck, and with the temperatures in New Jersey expected to be 32 degrees by kickoff and a low of 24 degrees moving into the evening, I can’t see Manning being able to get much on his throws. This will allow for Seattle’s ball hawking secondary to easily disrupt the Denver offense. Don’t forget about the pass rush that Seattle is bringing to the Super Bowl. When Denver played the New England Patriots in the AFC Title Game, Manning dropped back to pass 43 times, and New England didn’t lay a finger on him. That won’t be the case with Seattle. Stopping Chris Clemons, Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril isn’t going to be easy for Denver’s offensive line.
Defense wins championships and that is how Seattle will bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Seattle for the first time in franchise history.
The first 10-day weather forecast is out for the Super Bowl.