Super Bowl 2014 is just four days away and as the drama of the off-the-field hype builds, all that will really matter is what happens between the white lines this Sunday afternoon. Enough talk, breakdowns and theories – let’s figure out who is going to win this big game.
The 13-3 Seattle Seahawks will take on the 13-3 Denver Broncos to determine this year’s champion, and according to NFL.com on Jan. 29, yesterday's Super Bowl Media Day was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to breaking down this super match-up.
The Broncos were the best team in the NFL in 2013 on offense, while the Seahawks were near the top for the best on defense.
Obviously something has to give this Sunday.
When it comes to statistics, history won’t be on the side of the Broncos, but if anyone is capable of rewriting history it’s Peyton Manning.
Denver led the NFL in points scored in 2013 with a record breaking performance, scoring a total of 606 points, breaking the New England Patriots 2007 record of 589.
Manning has his weapons and he knows how to use them, but historically the team that reaches the Super Bowl and leads the NFL in points that season doesn’t fair well.
The 1983-84 Redskins led the NFL in points scored, setting the then record with 541, but lost to the Raiders in the Super Bowl. The same happened to the 2007 New England Patriots as they shredded the competition, scoring 589 points along with going undefeated that season – that is until the NY Giants beat them in the Super Bowl 17-14.
In between the Skins and Patriots, the Minnesota Vikings held the honor of most points scored in a season with 556 back during the 1998 campaign. The Vikings made the playoffs, but not the Super Bowl.
Can the Broncos break this trend on Sunday, or will they fall to the dreaded “best offense” loses the big game syndrome?
On the other side of the ball the Seahawks can boast of having the best defense in the NFL. Seattle will plan to unleash their “Legion of Boom” defense on Manning and the Broncos as they will have their hands full trying to slow down Denver’s high flying offense.
Seattle has played hard-nosed defense all season long and the Seahawks know if they can run with the Broncos on offense, they have a great shot at winning Super Bowl 48.
So just like we heard all week long, it’s the greatest offense of 2013 vs. the greatest defense of 2013 – so who wins?
After another good season vs. the Vegas spread, we come into the Super Bowl on a bit of a roll.
The Championship games finished 2-0, and the Super Bowl winning streak is five out of six, including three wins in a row with the Packers over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV, the Giants over New England in Super Bowl XLVI and the Ravens last year in Super Bowl XLVII.
I love Sherman and “Beast Mode” as players, they just flat out play hard every down, but the Broncos are hungry from the last seasons failure and I believe they will get the win Super Bowl Sunday.
Behind Manning, Denver gets it done.
Pick: Denver -2