One of the biggest things regarding a topic that makes me talk about it is my perception of a team compared to the general publics perception. Its part of the reason I talk about the Niners, Seahawks, and Broncos so much. They’re the leagues top teams and as such, everyone seems to have an opinion about em. Since the beginning of the season, I’ve held on to the belief that the Seahawks fit the superbowl blueprint better than any other team. Infact, I think I believe they fit the superbowl blue-print better than any team I’ve seen in recent years. The Broncos on the other hand are probably the best passing offense we’ve ever seen. But best passing offense does not equate to best team, and its going to take a complete team effort to win the superbowl. Here are the most important things I’m considering for this game:
Pressure on Manning is the key – I think this applies to most teams, but against Manning it will provide the greatest return. The common theme every time the Broncos have lost or been close to losing is pressure on the QB. The Broncos O-line did a great job of recognizing the Patriots’ blitzes, but at the same time, if you need to send extra guys just to be able to get pressure, Manning will tear it apart. But the talent of Seattle’s defense is on a different planet compared to New England. They have the skills, talent, and speed to beat even the best offensive lines with a 4-man rush. You might not think much of it after the SF game, but a mobile QB changes the pass-rush game. Against a mobile QB, not only is the D-line’s job doubled by having to spy the QB, but an extra linebacker needs to be used as a spy. Against a statue like Manning, the 4-man rush can be much more effective at getting to the QB, and the linebackers’ jobs become much simpler. Combine that with the best defensive backfield in the NFL and its almost certain they will force mistakes. This is the reason they lead the league in interceptions. Players like Manning, Brees, Brady, Rodgers can always pick up the blitz and torch you for it. When you have an effective 4-man rush, you essentially leave no glaring holes for these great QBs to exploit.
I would also like to note that I’m actually very confident about my pick, and even as a broke-ass student, I’m think I’m going to put down $100 on the Seahawks, which is alot for me.