SUPER BOWL XLVIII
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Broncos (-2 ½) v. Seahawks
Over/Under @ 48
Today it comes to an end. Before the clock strikes 10:30PM, the Ravens reign as Super Bowl Champions will officially end.
We’ve heard it for two weeks how rare it is for Peyton Manning and his No. 1 Offense from the No. 1 seeded Broncos to take on the Legion of Boom and the No. 1 defense of the NFC’s No. 1 seeded Seahawks.
That’s where most of the attention has been focused.
But the difference in this game could be decided by the Broncos ability or inability to control Marshawn Lynch. Expect Jack Del Rio to invest the resources to stop Lynch and leave his defensive backs in man coverage against an unimpressive posse of receivers.
The wildcard for the Seahawks offense is Percy Harvin. If the NFL’s china doll can get through four quarters and make a few plays he could make a big difference for Lynch. Del Rio would then be unable to jam 8 defenders in the box and Beast Mode could go off.
If the weather forecast was more threatening, the Broncos would be at a disadvantage. But unfortunately for the Seahawks that’s not the case. A good day for Seattle would be to hold Manning & Co. to 24-27 points. Even if successful you have to wonder if the Seahawks can generate an equal amount of offense.
To force the issue Seattle will need to hit Manning and take some chances. But that’s a dangerous proposition with so many weapons at Manning’s disposal. When the Seahawks come after the league’s MVP, safety valve Knowshon Moreno could have a big game both running and receiving.
A healthy Harvin and Sidney Rice would make a difference, but that’s not the case here. The Hawks just don’t have the firepower to keep up even though the defense will give a valiant effort.
PREDICTION: Broncos 27, Seahawks 23
POST SEASON PREDICTION RECORD TO DATE
- v. Winners: 10-2
- v. Spread: 8-2-2
- v. Over/Under: 9-2-1