2013-2014 Super Bowl XLVII Picks
Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks
Date: Sunday, 2/2/14
Time: 6:25pm on FOX
Game Line: Denver Broncos -2 (from G)
2013-2014 Super Bowl Analysis: Here we are, another NFL season just about in the books and the best two teams from start to finish this season will meet up in one of the most compelling Super Bowl match ups ever. The Denver Broncos have been favorites in every game they’ve played this season and nothing is changing at Met Life Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII. Peyton Manning leading one of the most potent offensive attacks in the history of the league to take on Seattle and one of the best defenses in the history of the league. The matchup between the Broncos passing attack and the Seahawks defensive secondary has been driven home by the media and we think that Seattle definitely has an edge in that department. The Seahawks linebackers will take away all of the short crossing routes that Manning loves to throw and he doesn’t have the arm to beat a safety of Earl Thomas’ caliber anymore. If Denver thinks they’re going to beat Seattle by throwing the ball 35 or more times this will be a game Seattle can win. The Bronco offense will need a strong showing from Knowshown Moreno to keep the Seattle linebackers in check and allow Manning to throw the ball if they’re going to have success. On the other side of the ball, Denver knows they need to stop running back Marshawn Lynch from running up the middle and make quarterback Russell Wilson beat them. If Wilson can escape the pocket and make plays on the perimeter it will open things up for Lynch up the middle. There will be no shortage of 3-4 yard runs from Lynch which should keep the Denver offense on the sidelines and if they can find the endzone on a few long, time consuming drives they will come out of this game with a victory. Before the AFC and NFC Championship games Seattle was listed as a three point favorite against Denver as a possible Super Bowl match up and we didn’t see anything in the Championship round that would warrant a change in favorites for this game. Seattle has a +3 turnover margin in the playoffs and has won the turnover battle in both of their games. Denver has a -2 turnover differential and hasn’t forced one in the playoffs at all. The team that has won the Super Bowl has been even or won the game almost 80% of the time so if Richard Sherman and company can get to Manning once or twice, this will be their game to lose. Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships.
Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks Free NFL Picks: Seattle +2 and over 47
Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks Game Prediction: 26-24 Seattle Seahawks
What to expect in this NFL Playoff Football match up: Peyton Manning had more completions than Russell Wilson did pass attemts this season, but the Broncos offense knows they will need to adopt a little of the Seattle style run attack if they’re going to win this game. The Seattle secondary is the only one in the league, maybe in recent memory, that can stop the Bronco passing attack. Their corners and line backers will take away the short dink and dunk passes that Manning made a living on this season and Manning doesn’t have the arm stregnth to beat a safetly like Earl Thomas with the deep ball. On the other side of the ball, Seattle should bounce Russell Wilson outside of the pocket early in the game with short, easy passes and run options on the outside. This will help Marshawn Lynch get going later in the second half and limit the Denver offense to only a few possessions in the second half. When great offenses square off against great defenses in a game of this magnitude, we will roll with the defensive team every time.