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It’s being billed as the perfect clash of defence versus offence as the miserly Seattle Seahawks who’ve given away just 231 points this season aim to lock out the rampant Denver Broncos who have torn apart all oncomers with a record 606 points.
Peyton Manning has thrown for 55 touchdowns in the AFC so it may look on paper that the Seahawks will have to light up the scoreboard to stay in touch with the bookies’ marginal favourite. Seattle’s in famous defence may not add too many to Manning’s 20 sackings for the year but they will force him into quicker releases than he’s been accustomed to.
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Even if Manning’s pre-snap reads are on high alert his receivers, outstanding as they are, won’t be shaking off the attention of Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas too easily.
Knowshon Moreno’s running would be the obvious outlet for the Broncos especially if they are over protective on Manning but few have gotten any value out of taking it to the Seahawks on the ground.
The much maligned weather on the east coast too will hamper the Bronco’s passing game even more so they will depend even more on wining what is sure to be a close running battle.
It may make for a low scoring final with a few field goals as icing on a couple of touchdowns being enough to take Superbowl XLVIII.
The key match ups will come down to Manning’s ability to get value from his few free passes and the prospect of his trusted wide receiver Demaryius Thomas facing up to Sherman will be huge.
There are other options for Manning but Thomas will likely offer the best value in limited opportunity, it all depends on how Sherman handles him.
With all the talk about their defence coming into the tail end of the season the Seahawks offence has been relegated to a footnote in their success.
Quarterback Russell Wilson will be looking to join the ranks of Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner by winning back-to-back finals in his first two seasons. Wilson’s championship quality is evident in his stats over the last couple of seasons and with Marshawn Lynch’s running game likely to have a big say it could be Seattle’s day.
Neither side will have a surprise up their sleeve so the deciding factor looks likely to be a test for that old cliché that defences win championships.