2014 Super Bowl XLVIII. Photo credit to ping4.com
In just two days, one of the greatest spectacles in sports will take place at MetLife Stadium when the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will face off in Superbowl 48. Peyton Manning will attempt to win his second Superbowl, which some would say may make him the greatest quarterback of all time. Seattle will try to keep the old notion going that defense wins championships with, "The Legion of Boom."
The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks could not be more polar opposites. From the way they play offense to the age of their players, the league couldn't have produced a more lob sided Superbowl. That being said, these two teams do share one very important feature that lasted throughout the season. That feature is the number one.
This year in the Superbowl we will be witnessing the number one ranked offense (statistically best offense in history) vs. the number one ranked defense. Denver is No. 1 in total offense with Manning throwing for 55TDs and 5400+ passing yards, while Seattle is No.1 in total defense with 28 INTs and 4TDs. Both teams had the best record in the league with 13 wins and only 3 losses, earning each team the No.1 seed in the NFC and AFC. They were the two most predictable teams to make it to the Superbowl and they did not disappoint.
But out of the two most dominant teams in the league has to offer, who will be the one to raise the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday? Right now, according to the odds given by Vegas, the Broncos are 3-point favorites. College students in the area tend to feel the same way. In a poll taken involving 30 St. Scholastica and UMD students, 12 favored Seattle to win while 18 agreed with the latest statistic from the odds makers in Vegas.
To make it even more interesting, this will be the first Seattle and Denver will have played all year, excluding the preseason. Nobody is better than Manning when it comes to playing repeat games. He will not have that advantage this year, but that certainly doesn't mean that Manning as a quarterback and a leader has an advantage going into the game on Sunday. Manning will be going after his 2nd Superbowl victory in his career. There is not a single player on Seattle's roster that has ever been to a Superbowl at all. Having a young QB would be nerve racking enough, but not a single player who has had that experience clearly puts the Seahawks at a disadvantage.
On the other hand, the weather is not looking to be in the future hall of famers corner. Seeing as they will be playing at MetLife stadium in New Jersey, snow and of course frigid temperatures will be a major factor. Cold weather is generally an advantage for the defense, which is bad news for Manning and the Broncos. The Seahawks don't need any help showing how impressive of a defense they have. If the cold weather leads to a low scoring game, Seattle will clearly have the advantage. Peyton was getting advice from his brother Eli Manning on how to throw into the tough winds at MetLife, but it is not something that you can just pick up.
Will the Seahawks, led by Russell Wilson and that overwhelming defensive, be enough to stop the greatest statistical offense in history? Or will Peyton Manning and his arsenal of offensive weapons be enough to defeat the most inexperienced team in Superbowl history? We will see come Sunday.