The Super Bowl is the one game, that even the most novice of sports fans can enjoy. The one competition, the whole nation unites to watch. The evening were everyone is an expert, and hindsight is sharper than 20/20. This will mark the first time that the Super Bowl has been played outdoors and in the cold, snowy weather rather than in outdoors in LA or South Beach. To say the conditions are not a factor, would be major fabrication. All the talk leading into this game has been about, the potential temperature, and weather conditions. Even the odds makers are factoring in Mother Nature and her potential wrath.
However the WBOB Sports Dept fears no forecast. The team spent their free time compiling there thoughts, to help you the fan, become more knowledgeable. To help you decipher the NFL Lines , and make a clear forecast of your own, on this year's big game.
WBOB Sports Director
Super Bowl XLVIII isn't about torches being passed or age catching up to a player who’s done nothing but defy age – and logic – all year.
Kurt Warner trying to win a Super Bowl at 37 is a lot different than Peyton Manning trying to win one at the same age, especially since the 37-year-old Manning has the arm of a 27-year-old in his prime.
And, let’s be honest, does anyone really think Manning, the greatest player to ever throw a football in all his glory Sunday with his legacy, etc., on the line, is going to lose to a stoner coach and his drunk-driving running back who shows up faded at his own youth football camp?
We’ve been spoiled by hotly-contested Super Bowls these last few years, a stark contrast to the mid-‘90s when the Buffalo Bills made the game damn near unwatchable. We’re due for a blowout. The Seattle Seahawks are a fine adversary to Manning’s Denver Broncos, but the Seahawks won’t have the entire city of Seattle in their back pocket Sunday. This game is will be played on a neutral site in the swamp lands of East Rutherford, N.J., which negates Seattle’s home-field advantage, its greatest weapon outside of its stellar secondary and young, fearless, play-making quarterback.
The Broncos are loaded, not Marshawn Lynch weaving in and out of traffic on Interstate 880 loaded, but loaded in the sense that Manning has far too many weapons at his disposal for any defense to slow him down, not even Seattle’s league-leading pass defense.
Statistics and logic don’t matter to a Broncos’ team that shattered every offensive record against all odds this year. This one will get out of hand quickly. Sometime between bong rips, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will pull outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman from the game and send him to the far corner of the stadium to think about how poorly he’s playing, at which point Sherman will argue with the corner about which one of them is the best in the game.
There’s just too much on the line for Manning to not be at his best Sunday. He’s 37 now, even if he doesn't act like it, and this might be his last chance to win another Super Bowl. It won’t slip through his fingers like it did five years ago in Miami.
Broncos 41, Seahawks 17.
WBOB Sports Writer
The two best teams during the season are meeting in the sports biggest game. A fitting
end to a fine campaign. The obvious story line is the career of Peyton Manning, who just
may call it quits, win or lose. His high powered offense versus Seattle's stingy defense are
the real attractions here. My biggest match up is Denver's receivers Eric Decker, Wes
Welker, Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas against Richard Sherman, Kam
Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Byron Maxwell of the Seattle defensive secondary. The
"legion of boom" will be physical with the Broncos wide outs, and they may have to match.
them. This will directly affect the timing on the passing routes, and how does their offense
adjust. The Seahawks can stop the run, so Manning and his play action will be key for Denver.
Both teams have some sentimental value. The last time the Broncos won a title, John Elway
rode off into the sunset, the same could happen for the future hall of famer Manning, pending
an off season physical exam on his neck. The city of Seattle has never had a SuperBowl
victory parade, in fact, the last championship of the four major sports was in 1979, when the
then Seattle Supersonics were champions of the NBA. The franchise now resides in the
heartland of Oklahoma City.
All aside, my main concern in an outdoor Super Bowl in the northeast is the weather being
the larger story. I hope that's not going to be the case. In the end, I'm rooting for number 18
in orange to cap off an amazing career, and also, arguably, the greatest comeback of any kind
from an injury. But defense is a mainstay in winning championships, and I think it continues
here. In the end Pete Carroll joins Barry Switzer and Jimmy Johnson as
the only head coaches to win a college championship along with a super bowl
Seahawks 23 - Denver 21
WBOB Senior Sports Writer
In what will be coldest Super Bowl ever--and the last played north of the Mason-Dixon line--expect to see a ton of offense. However, the barrage of scoring won't be from the orange team.
Peyton will fail to overcome Seattle's aggressive secondary, and the Broncos will lose the turnover battle.
Unfortunately, Richard Sherman will be a relevant name throughout the off season.
Seattle 37 - Denver 28, Weather 99
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