Super Bowl XLVIII

Posted: January 28, 2014 in Eagles

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Ah yes, Super Bowl Sunday.

Episode 48: The Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object.

This Sunday, in a match-up of who many consider to be the NFL’s two best teams this season, the Seattle Seahawks will take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

The contest will pit the league’s number 1 offense (Broncos) against the league’s number 1 defense (Seahawks). It will be interesting to see how Peyton Manning fares against Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” secondary consisting of Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and the always outspoken Richard Sherman.

Why the Seahawks can win:

Seahawks NFC Champs

The Seahawks were the number 1 team basically since the beginning of the season, and it’s certainly no fluke that they are representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. 

Their defense has been seemingly unstoppable all season, consistently ranking near the top of the league week after week. Even though it’s not a home game for them (they’re even the designated away team), that won’t matter, nor will the cold weather.

This is a defense that has given the likes of Drew Brees fits not one, but twice. Not to mention Marshawn Lynch is a better than any running back the Broncos have. He has been one of the difference makers in their Divisional Round win against the Saints and in their Conference Championship win against the 49ers. Their passing game is still not where they need it to be, but that could very well change on Sunday.

It’s cliché, but it’s true; Peyton Manning is one of the all-time greats. However he will be tested on Sunday like he has never been tested before. The only defenses that really came close to the Seahawks that he has faced are the Patriots and 49ers. Although the Broncos beat both of those teams, who knows how he will fare against the “Legion of Boom”?

Why the Broncos will win:

Broncos AFC Champs

They say that the best defense is a good offense. Well, no offense has been better this season than the high-scoring Denver Broncos. With Peyton Manning as the field general and Wes Welker, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, and a two running back attack that features Knowshon Moreno and rookie Monte Ball at Manning’s disposal , this Broncos offense averaged 37.9 points a game in 2013. Hell, it took all of one game for Peyton Manning to break yet another record when he threw 7 touchdown passes against the Baltimore Ravens on opening night, a mark that was later matched by Eagles QB Nick Foles against the Oakland Raiders. (I had to throw that in there – no pun intended).

While all of the attention was on the Broncos offense, their defense was pretty solid as well despite being without linebacker Von Miller for multiple games due to injury. I wouldn’t say that they are better than the Seahawks defense, but they have more than held their own on multiple occasions this season.

Not only that, but this is not Broncos head coach John Fox’s first time around when it comes to the Super Bowl. Fox coached the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII where they came within a field goal of defeating the New England Patriots. I am not going to go so far as to place Fox among the elite head coaches of the NFL, but his experience could very well make a difference. Pete Carrol on the other had a pretty awful head coaching track record with the New England Patriots and New York Jets before returning to the NFL after a successful 8 year tenure as head coach at USC.

The Verdict:

This one was tough to pick, which is in part why there was a little gap between this post and the last one.

A big part of me wants to see the Seahawks win, at the risk of another team winning their first Super Bowl before the Eagles do. I was actually rooting for them in the NFC Divisional Round and the NFC Championship as well. I mean let’s face it, they are a pretty fun team to watch. Their passing game needs to be better, but you can assure that the Seahawks defense and running game will be in full “beast mode.” 

However, that same part of me that wants the Seahawks to win can’t help but think that the Broncos are going to come away with the Lombardi Trophy. It’s hard to go against Peyton Manning and with the weapons he has, who knows how many points that Broncos offense will score.

It’s going to be a close game, but at the end of the day, the Broncos defense will help their offense more than the Seahawks offense will help their defense.

denver-broncos-logo    28-24 Broncos

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