The Denver Broncos v Seattle Seahawks odds from the Superbowl, with Peyton Manning and the Broncos slight favourites going into tonight showpiece at 10/11, while the Seahawks are available at 10/11.
The first Super Bowl in an open stadium in a cold weather city, the first where two states will share hosting duties, the first Super Bowl in New York since 1960, the first time since 1990 the top offense has faced the top defence in the Super Bowl.
Will we see more firsts on Sunday? Will it be the first time the NFL leader in passing yards goes on to win the Super Bowl after failing in the previous 47 attempts? Will Seattle go on to win their first championship since they joined the NFL in 1976? Will Peyton Manning be the first quarterback to lead two franchises to a Super Bowl win? All will be revealed Sunday.
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Many comparisons can be drawn between these teams, with the primary one being between the two quarterbacks.
In many respects, Manning is everything that Wilson is not. Manning was destined to succeed, with a star quarterback for a father. Standing 6 ft 5” and a number 1 pick in the NFL draft, Manning was always on track to achieve greatness. Russell is different, standing 5ft 11”, drafted in third round of the NFL draft after being undervalued entering the NFL and having to transfer to Wisconsin after Mike Glennon was favoured at NC State.
Manning stands in the pocket and goes down if nothing is open, while Wilson scrambles and runs and extends plays. They have many similarities however, both considered obsessive with their study of the film, and both possessing excellent leadership skills.
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The winning formula seems simple for the Broncos. The Seahawks rely heavily on Marshawn Lynch to carry their offence, picking up large chunks of yards and allowing them to keep their defence fresh to attack opposing quarterbacks.
Broncos fans could be forgiven for thinking that stopping Lynch is the formula for winning this game, after they shut down Legarrette Blount two weeks ago.
This is easier said than done, as the stout San Francisco 49ers defence couldn’t stop Lynch two weeks ago. Russell Wilson should not be underestimated by the Broncos defence either, as he can make plays when it counts, and also has an amazing ability to extend plays with his legs.
In contrast, the Broncos passing game is prolific with eight different Broncos players have caught touchdowns this season. Even the mighty Seahawks defence will struggle to contain Manning and the various weapons he has at his disposal.
The run game should not be forgotten however, as Knowshon Moreno has finally turned into the running back that the Broncos hoped he would be.
The big question mark hanging over the Seahawks is whether they can perform to a high level outside Century Link Field. Although they have only lost two games away from home this season, their performances at home are noticeably inferior.
Defence wins championships or offence wins games? Pick your cliché for Sunday. In our view experience will pay off on Sunday and Manning should be able to put enough points on the board to win his second Super Bowl ring.