Of the two teams, the Broncos seem to have a bigger fan base and seen as the more favored in this game. The reason behind this is mostly Peyton Manning's recent play. In the course of the regular season, the Broncos finished with a 13 – 3 record that earned them the AFC’s top seed. The season long success is attributed to leading the whole NFL in passing. Manning is said to have passed more than 5,000 yards and a record NFL 55 touchdown passes. Denver Broncos not only gained over 117 yards on the grounder per contest, but they also threw the ball well. Denver will need to have a balanced attack to survive this game. The Seattle Seahawks’ great pass defense combined with cold and snow will ensure Broncos do not get too one dimensional.
Seattle, just like Denver, had a 13 – 3 record making them the top team in their conference. Similarly, Seattle was considered as a contender for the first day. Their pass defense led by Sherman makes them match up very well with Denver. Apart from laying the wood pretty well, they can flat out play D. In the NFL the Seahawks’ rushing defense is ranked among the top 10, and the team only gives up about 170 yards each game through the air. With a simple breakdown like this, Seattle has to play their defense style. Additionally, Russell Wilson has to put up some points as well as play mistake free football.
Although they rank 4th in the NFL in rushing, Seattle’s offense is not among the most feared in the league. If they will be able to get a few downs on each possession, this may play into their favor and ensure Manning and the Denver offense are kept off the field. Seattle plays much like hardnosed, old school teams of the 80’s; heads up, smart quarterback, great rushing attack and solid D. The current team will decide if they are good enough to get the first Super Bowl victory for Seattle.
Normally when doing analysis and write-ups, there are some details of the team that are needed, but let us face it, we all have pertinent information on Seattle and Denver. Since there is nothing new to be said, we will break down our pick on the team that will win. As earlier stated, the Broncos have a two point lead. Research has found that more than 70% of people are betting on Broncos because of the two point lead. This one sided betting may be a result of the love Peyton receives from the public and media. It may also be because while Seattle was sweating it out with San Francisco in the conference title games, Denver had a walk in the park with New England. The reasons might not be quite clear, but something has the general public on Broncos side.
My 2014 Super Bowl Pick:
When it comes to the weather, Peyton Manning is simply not a good earner in the cold. It has been said many times even though the statement is ridiculous. The facts are simple; Manning has a 4 -7 record when the temperature goes below 32 degree. And below 40 degrees, he's 8-14 SU and 7-14-1 ATS. The advantage is on Seattle since this is not impressive for a person who has won almost three-quarters of his games as a professional. When we look at defense the old saying ‘defense wins championships" should suffice. This is quite true, and once again it is an advantage for Seattle. It is therefore easy for me to pick who will win. I'm taking the points, the team with the better defense and fading the public!
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