By John Hubbard – Business Staff
And we arrive at Super Bowl XLVIII. Before getting into this completely accurate blog that is sure to confirm all your monetary bets, let it be known, I know nothing about the NFL.
I like college football, that’s about it, so as far as taking this post seriously, fugettaboutit (New Jersey, huh?).
Let’s start with teams. The Denver Broncos, led by legend and all-around American Peyton Manning. This being his second season in the Mile High City, he’s basically innovated the offense to his liking.
He’s probably re-worked that field more than any coach ever could. He’s divided his forces, like a military general, keeping his receivers on one side, and his running game on the other. People seem to think he’s the best QB to ever play the game, he’s got 15 years of NFL experience and knowledge under his belt (opposed to Russell WIlson’s two). This will be his third Super Bowl appearance.
Speaking of Wilson, let’s talk about the Seahawks, hailing from the great city of Seattle. Russell seems confident, but it’s his first appearance in a Super Bowl, he has a disadvantage of extreme nerves to combat.
However, this isn’t a one-sided fight, Wilson has a fresh arm. I would dare to say the freshest of arms in the league right now, while Manning is in a constant state of physical decay (that’s harsh, but c’mon, he’s old). It’s not all about the QBs though, the Seahawks have some of the best defensive backs in the league, not to forget an outspoken cornerback by the name of Richard Sherman.
The Seahawk’s defense has let around 14.4 PPG slip through/over their lines (the league average being 23.4, via NFL.com), which stacks up impressively against some of the best defensive lineups the game has seen.
This, however, will not be a matchup based on defensive skill. If it was any other team, the Seahawks would have the luxury of shutting the team down with defense, leaving little work for the offense. At the end of the day, it’s about which QB can out-throw the other. Peyton will toss at least five TDs by the end of the night, and it’s up to Wilson’s offense to keep up.
Comparing Denver’s receivers with Seattle’s, it’s clear that Julius Thomas, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker steal the show. Peyton will undoubtedly decode Seattle’s defensive scheme before the second half, putting the game in the Bronco’s favor.
My prediction? Go play baseball, Russell. Your defense can’t shut Old Man Manning down. Peyton might be old enough to retire in a senior citizens home, but he knows more about the game than you ever will. Experience will take the ball to the house this sunday, not a 2nd baseman.