Two teams are about to meet on Super Bowl Sunday that have strived for perfection all season and only one will end the day completing their adventure.
The Denver Broncos have successfully written themselves into the history books as the best offense that has ever played in the NFL and Peyton Manning has now sealed himself as the best regular season quarterback in the history of the NFL with his 55 touchdowns and 5,477 passing yards (both single season records).
The Seattle Seahawks have completed the season as one of the best defenses the NFL has ever seen with the best secondary known in recent history and they have a chance to prove their greatness by shutting down the best quarterback and receivers this game may have ever seen.
The Case for the Seattle Seahawks:
The number one defense of 2013 could prove to be one the best defenses ever, but what I want to focus on is the secondary. This is one of the best secondary defenses to ever play and they are about to face the toughest challenge they will face.
So far this season, they have been up to the challenge. Twice this season against the Saints they allowed an average of just 11 points and in three games against the 49ers they allowed only 12.3 points per game. Both these teams had averages of more than 25 points per game during the regular season.
They have the best cornerback in the NFL with Richard Sherman (he’s still the best with all his issues) and a pair of safeties — Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor — that affect the pass game as well. Although Chancellor is a run stopper, he’s very good at covering the athletic tight ends they have encountered.
Vernon Davis, arguably the most athletic tight end in the NFL, only had 57 total yards against the Seahawks while Chancellor found himself shadowing Davis on many of those plays. Earl Thomas is one of the best pass defenders in football because he always finds a way to knockdown a big play.
This weekend they will face their toughest test with the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning has had the best season as a quarterback in history and the Broncos have a record of four players with 10 touchdowns or more. If the Seahawks come away with a win, you can successfully mark them down as the best secondary this game has seen.
The Case for the Denver Broncos:
The number one offense ever is about to complete a journey that would help Peyton Manning finish the best season a quarterback has ever seen. Peyton’s 55 touchdowns is a record for a single season and so is his 5,477 passing yards. His team has achieved the number one seed in the AFC and he has led the highest scoring offense ever.
Manning has a chance to not only have the best regular season ever but to finish with the label as best overall season ever and why not against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks? The rest of Manning’s offense can do the same thing on Super Sunday.
The Broncos’ offense has a record for most players with 10 plus touchdowns with 5 players — Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Knowshon Moreno, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas. Also, they have the largest amount of receiving yards this season. Denver’s 37.9 points per game is higher than 16 of Seattle’s 18 game totals. The two times they scored more than Denver’s average were against the NFL’s 31st and 27th ranked defenses. Seattle also relies on their run offense to score while Denver’s run D is 7th in the NFL — the best part of their defense.
It may be a tall order for Seattle to score enough to just match Denver in the Super Bowl. If Denver pulls off a win, their offense will become immortal in the history books.
One more bold prediction:
I’ll end this one with a bold prediction: the score and MVP of the big game. Although Seattle boasts a great defense, the amount of weapons the Broncos have and the Seahawks’ youth will overwhelm the Seahawks and the Broncos will leave with their first Super Bowl since John Elway’s team beat the Falcons in 1998.
Broncos win 27-20
MVP: Peyton Manning