Super Bowl XLVIII finally gets underway this sunday in New York/New Jersey and the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold weather city will have the two best teams all year face off. Both the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks and the AFC champion Denver Broncos have played in bad weather this season so they should be prepared for anything the weather could throw at them.
Making their 7th Super Bowl appearance, the Denver Broncos bring their record setting offense to the big game lead by league MVP Peyton Manning who is trying to get his second ring and first with Denver. Of course one of the most criticized outdoor, cold weather players in Manning would play in the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl. Peyton can silence a lot of his critics with a W on sunday. Making only their 2nd Super Bowl appearance is the Seattle Seahawks and their shut down defense. All the talk about the Seahawks has been around Richard Sherman and his post game comments after the NFC championship game but there is more to the Seattle defense than just Sherman’s great play.
The big matchup this sunday will be between the Broncos historic offense against the league leading Seattle defense. Can the Seattle secondary contain Peyton Manning and his multiple weapons at his disposal. Peyton is having one of his greatest seasons in an already impressive career and will be by far the best quarterback leading the best offense the Seahawks have faced all year. The only way the Seahawks have a real chance to win is by containing that lethal Denver offense.
One of the match ups that has not been talked about is the Seattle offense against the Denver defense. Russell Wilson has not performed very well this postseason relying mostly on the great play by the defense and the running game led by Marshawn Lynch. Russell Wilson cannot be a game manager in this game he needs to come out early and establish the passing game against a stout Denver defense so Beast Mode can be unleashed. Percy Harvin has to be a factor in this game on both offense and in special teams.
Seattle will get out early first running behind Lynch and Wilson will get off to a good start, but the Denver offense will answer finding small holes in the Seattle defense. Peyton will be his usual efficient self but will throw at least one interception but the Denver defense will get at least two turnovers from Seattle. Denver will take the lead and hold off a late Seattle surge and get Peyton his second ring in a close, great game.
Denver 34, Seattle 31