For once the Super Bowl pairs the two best teams from the regular season. While it was expected for the Denver Broncos to be here, the Seattle Seahawks have finally passed the likes of the 49ers and the Saints to reach the big game again. There are two obvious things to look at in this match up. First it is the match up of the best offense in the game against the best defense. You also have drop back quarterback versus mobile improviser. And just to make things interesting there is a possibility of snow!
So who will have the offensive advantage? Peyton Manning may be the best quarterback of all-time and he has a very talented group of receivers on his team. On the other side, the Seahawks defense, their defensive backfield in particular, seem to be up to any and all challenges. While Manning might be able to see the field and make good decisions, the pure athleticism and awareness the Seahawks have may give them a good shot to shutdown the Broncos. The key for Denver will be getting a running game going. This is one area where the 49ers lacked, and Manning will not run for as many yards as Colin Kaepernick.
On to the quarterbacks. Russell Wilson has already exceeded expectations as an NFL player. Having seen his game in college I will say that he looked like someone who had a great college career, but maybe wasn't the type that transferred into a pro one. Even though he has kind of let the defense lead the team during the playoffs, he has still shown he can make big play after big play by staying alive in the pocket. That being said, there is only one Peyton Manning. To win the quarterback battle Wilson will need to play his game and not get caught up in the moment and make a mistake. I think he should use his legs to get first downs and leave it all out on the field.
So whats the weather gonna be? There has been speculation that there will be snow since this Super Bowl was announced. As we get close to the game it looks like there will be snow in some sort of form. It does not look like it will be a blizzard though. I think in a game like this the weather will not make a difference. Both teams will be focused on winning a championship. If there is an edge, I would say the Broncos would have it. They play and practice in the Rocky Mountains!
Prediction. Denver Broncos 31 - Seattle Seahawks 17. 5 inches of snow...
Update: Well it does not look like its going to snow. I still like the points on this one.