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Denver Vs. Seattle: Super Bowl XLVIII Prediction

January 31st, 2014 at 5:08 AM
By Steve Smith

'Peyton Manning 2012' photo (c) 2012, Jeffrey Beall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/It should be quite an interesting matchup.

The NFL's top-ranked offense in the Denver Broncos face the league's top-ranked defense in the Seattle Seahawks Sunday evening at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ in Super Bowl XLVIII. It's the first time since Super Bowl 25 that the best offense and defense will be facing each other – back then it was Buffalo (offense) and the Giants (defense).

The Broncos are currently 2 1/2 point favorites and the game-time temperature should be about 40 degrees.

That's excellent for early February.

Can the Seahawks put pressure on Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning?

That will be one of the keys to this contest, no doubt. Manning has not been touched in his two playoff games so far and if he gets time to throw, he should still dissect Seattle's excellent secondary, led by cornerback Richard Sherman. Seattle has to get Manning to move in the pocket, break his rhythm and disrupt his timing. His receiving corps is the best in the league and he will find an open receiver if he gets time.

A key for the Seahawks will be how well Marshawn Lynch can establish their rushing attack."Beast Mode" can dominant with his bruising style of play and Seattle would love to control the clock to keep Denver's dynamic offense off the field. Can the Seahawks create some turnovers? They'll probably have to in order to win.

Both teams have solid special teams units so this game figures to be close. Expect Manning to make a few more big plays in the clutch than Russell Wilson and for Manning to capture his second Super Bowl crown. The Broncos have just too many weapons to be stopped now. Broncos 23, Seahawks 17.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Football, Marshawn Lynch, NFL, Peyton Manning, Richard Sherman

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