Something needs to be clarified. The Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey, not in New York. Can we at least give New Jersey some credit for hosting this great sporting spectacle?
Since it was announced that this Super Bowl would be played in New York, the weather has been the most talked about storyline. The early forecast for Feb. 2 in East Rutherford is “Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a chance for a couple of snow showers”, with a high of 35 degrees during the day and a low of 26 (AccuWeather). Snowy or extremely cold conditions would favor the Seahawks, a running team with a stout defense.
These two teams were the best of the best all season long. It’ll be a mind game between quarterback Peyton Manning and the Seattle defense. We’ll see if Richard Sherman thinks of Demaryius Thomas like thinks of Michael Crabtree (a “sorry”, mediocre receiver).
Sherman’s controversial comments after Sunday’s game have been ridiculed the whole week – it won’t have an impact on the Super Bowl; rather, Sherman’s play against the top-ranked Denver offense will. Without a doubt, the top matchup to watch is Denver’s stud pass catchers (Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, and Julius Thomas) against the “Legion of Boom”.
The common saying is that defense wins championships. Seattle’s defense is obviously better, but Denver’s defense has started to get hot over the last few weeks. The unit held Tom Brady to 16 points. He did have 277 yards, but 135 of those were in the fourth quarter, essentially garbage time. Stopping Marshawn Lynch will be the number one priority for Denver.
Peyton Manning might have to stick to a dink-and-dunk attack on offense, and keep the pace up. The rub routes and short crossing routes would possibly be more effective against Seattle’s defense than the long passes. Seattle would want the opposite, and would try to play a possession game, keeping the ball away from Manning.
In the week leading up to the Super Bowl (especially on media day, the Tuesday before the game), all eyes and ears will be on Sherman. We’ll see if he wants to talk at all about the Broncos’ offense. As for Peyton Manning, we won’t expect anything more than his clarification of the meaning of “Omaha”.
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