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Denver Broncos Versus Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Preview

February 2nd, 2014 at 10:07 AM
By Nick Gill

For the first time since the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints in 2009, both number one seeds in each conference will play in the Super Bowl. The Denver Broncos, the one seed in the AFC, will face off against the number one NFC seeded Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. The match-up pits the best offense in the league against the best defense in the league.

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The Denver Broncos scored an NFL record 606 points in 2013. Peyton Manning had the greatest statistical season of any signal caller ever and was named league MVP. Manning threw a record 55 touchdown passes and a single season record 5,477 yards. The offense finished with the best passing attack in the league averaging 340.3 yards per game.

Manning spreads the ball to a group of talented wide receivers. Of the pass catchers, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas have all caught at least 10 touchdown passes. Running back Knowshon Moreno will handle most of the rushing duties. He scored 10 rushing touchdowns this season and will be a factor in the entire offense.

Seattle comes into the Super Bowl match-up similarly impressive on the other side of the ball. The Seahawks allowed only 172 passing yards per game during the regular season. That was the best in the NFL. Their secondary, referred to as the Legion of Boom, helped the Seahawks force a league best 39 turnovers and intercept 28 passes.

As great as both of those units are, the game could just as easily come down to the Seattle offense and Denver defense. Seattle relies heavily on a physical running approach. Running back Marshawn Lynch has been terrific in the postseason with 249 yards on 50 carries and three touchdowns.

Denver has one of the better rushing defenses in the league, allowing 101.6 yards per game. They will attempt to slow Lynch down and put the game in the hands of quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson has not needed to do a great deal yet this postseason. He threw for 103 yards against the New Orleans Saints and 215 yards against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. However, when he has been called upon, Wilson has answered for Seattle.

Tags: Denver, Denver Broncos, Football, Legion of Boom, Marshawn Lynch, NFL, Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XLVIII

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