Wins Has Won Championships
Generally speaking, when the team's top defense has met the top offense in the Super Bowl, the defensive team has won. There's a lot that says offense is the name of the game now, but history should be considered too. Seattle has the defense, for sure. This game will come down to Denver's defense vs. Seattle's offense. If the Seahawks' front seven can generate pressure (not an easy task), the Broncos' entire structure will collapse.
Fighting fire with fire
Seattle wants to, and enjoys, running the ball. But if they're going to go toe-to-toe with the Broncos, they have an advantage in their passing game vs. Denver's aged and slow-footed secondary. Look for the Seahawks to establish a controlled passing game through the middle of the field, but all receivers will have a Go-Deep check should the play break down. Quarterback Russell Wilson has good vision down the field, and they'll be looking for Denver's pass rush to land. When that happens, they're going after Denver's secondary vertically.
Schedule vs. Off Schedule
Maybe not since Warner vs. Roethlisberger have we seen two quarterbacks less similar in style. The question is what will happen to both of them when chaos is injected into their game plans. That chaos could come in the form of weather, or spotty footing or even the extended TV timeouts that come with the Super Bowl. Which of these teams would be better playing off-schedule? Seattle, hands down. They're more spontaneous, and a strong pass rush is never off schedule.
Marshawn Lynch is a powerful, downhill runner. Simplicity is beautiful, and that's his game. It doesn't take much to establish a running game; it's just extremely difficult to keep it going. The Seahawks live and die by that principle, and better defenses than the Broncos have stopped them in that pursuit. Long, clock-killing drives aimed to keep the Broncos' high-powered offense on the sideline. Denver will get that for four quarters. Are they able to stop it?
Fortune favors the mobile
Contrary to popular opinion, both quarterbacks can play well in a game. It's possible to see both Wilson and Manning play well. If both quarterbacks play flawlessly and don't turn the ball over, who would win? We're pointing to Wilson, which may come as a surprise. The Seahawks throw an obscene amount out of play action. Logically, if they're throwing well, it's usually because they're running well. Ergo, if they're running and throwing well, they're controlling this game. More than anything, though, that means they've helped neutralize Denver's offense, kept them off the field and taken the upper hand. Wilson will benefit from his team's powerful running game, but he'll enhance their overall offensive performance with his ability to threaten the edge with this legs, keep his eyes down the field and make the play the defense is allowing him to make.
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