Super Bowl 2014: Russell Wilson No Match For Denver Broncos Defense

Kyle Terada – USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson is tired of the short jokes, tired of the knock he can’t lead a team. But Sunday he silenced both misconceptions and as a result will lead his team into the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos February 2. In what was a fitting end for an NFC Championship Game, the Seattle Seahawks — and Wilson — simply made more plays when it mattered.

The late touchdown strike to Jermaine Kearse and Cam Chancellor‘s interception with seven minutes to go in the fourth put the Seahawks ahead for good. Richard Sherman‘s interception of Kaepernick in the end zone sealed the deal. The defense was dominant, Wilson was poised but will they have the same success against the Denver Broncos? Not likely.

For one, Russell Wilson has never experienced the hoopla of the Super Bowl. But that won’t matter. I look at what the Broncos bring to the table on defense as the number one reason the Broncos could — and should — come out with a victory. The Broncos are second in the league in defense and are giving up just 69 yards per game — a postseason best — but the Seahawks feature the number one rushing attack in the NFL. But last I checked, defense wins championships.

We haven’t even factored in the mastery that is Peyton Manning. That mastery eats up a lot of time off the clock. I see Peyton controlling the tempo in a game he knows he can win in a situation he’s more than familiar with. I also like Denver’s offense in any matchup but especially against the Seahawks. Peyton will frustrate the Seahawks secondary all day with his precision. That’s not a knock to Seattle, they deserve to be here and earned that right by beating some seriously stacked teams. But things change when you leave the friendly confines of home for a Super Bowl. Sometimes the odds just aren’t in your favor.

I wish them the best, I hope Russell Wilson proves me wrong because it wouldn’t be the first time Wilson had to overcome perception. Time will tell, but in this game the Broncos are just too much of a well-oiled machine to trip up in the Super Bowl.

Karim Akbar is a Sacramento Kings writer for Rantsports, For More Sacramento Kings News, “Like” his RantSports page on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+


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  • http://www.justinmayfield.org/ J_May

    Where are you getting your numbers with Denver’s dense rank? NFL.com has them ranked 19 regular season and 11 post season (which is second-to-last). They have Peyton’s old team, the Colts, at number 2. I agree on what you’re saying about the factor Peyton is though.

    • Karim Akbar

      Same source as you. Heres a screenshot

      • Guest

        These are POSTSEASON rankings and the 64 ypg is RUN DEFENSE and that was against teams they were beating the whole game forcing them to pass that didn’t have very good run games anyway. Denver defense in the regular season wasn’t very good, and has gotten some key injuries here at the end that a team like the Seahawks will finally have a chance to exploit. Denver put up only 26 and 24 points against very bad defenses, especially without Aqib Talib on NE. Seattle put up 23 and 23 points against some of the BEST DEFENSES in the league. Percy Harvin is coming back and Russell Wilson is back on track. Seahawks defense is the best in the league, one of the best in a very long time, first since a Bears team of the 80′s to lead in scoring D, ypg given up and turnovers. Out of all of this, what makes you think any of what you said makes sense?

        PS obviously you don’t watch the games, its KKKKKKKam Chancellor and Richard Sherman tipped the ball to Malcolm Smith for a pick

        • Karim Akbar

          At this point season numbers dont mean a thing which is why i used those numbers. Yea seattle has playmakers but they’re not ready for peyton which goes back to my original point.

          • KWS13

            I agree having Peyton is a huge deal and it will be interesting to see how it plays out, but really in the last 2 seasons Seattle has gone up against high potential passing teams- last year Tom Brady with all his weapons, Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Tony Romo, Cam Newton, Matthew Stafford, RG3 before injury and Matt Ryan, and this year Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Matt Schaub before Houston fell apart, and Matt Ryan. Obviously, Peyton is way better than anyone on this list, and while they gave up a lot of yards in some of those games it has to be pointed out that out of all 14 games against these guys the last 2 seasons, Seattle is 11-3, and if you throw the 5 games in against Super Bowl runnerups SF they are 14-5. They held a potent NO team and Drew Brees scoreless for a stretch of 85 minutes. They gave up an average of 15 points per game against those very good offenses. Again, Peyton and his weapons have proven they are more dangerous than these teams, but still as I pointed out while Peyton statistically did great so far in the playoffs, 32-43 for 400 yds only got them 26 points against a struggling defense that also just lost their best defensive back, and 25-36 got them 24 points against San Diego, which was MY original point. Passing SEA held Kaepernick, Crabtree and Boldin to 150 yds, and they wont have Kaepernicks legs for the LBs to worry about, and they are a group that is great in pass coverage. In 6 total games the last 2 years, Vernon Davis and Jimmy Graham combined got 11 catches for 107 yds and 2 TDs averaging 1.8 catches for 18 yds and .3 TDs per game, and 2 games were without KJ Wright, one of the better coverage LBs in the league especially against TEs. On the other side, Russell Wilson just went through a stretch of playing the #4, #5, #8, #6, #15, #4 and #5 best scoring defenses in the league and in that stretch went 5-2 without #1/#2 WRs Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin, and while Sidney is on IR Percy is more than likely going to be back.

            Sorry if I came across as rude earlier, I didn’t mean that and I get what you are saying about Peyton factor and the matchups of him, Thomas, Thomas, Decker and Welker against KJ Wright, Chancellor, Maxwell, Thomas and Sherman will be a good one, but I just didn’t agree with your opinion about Denver’s defense. They are solid against the run so can’t wait to see what Lynch and the #4 run offense can do and how they contain a QB like Wilson which they’ve never had to except once against a weak RG3, but they’ve now lost Von Miller at LB so that could really bite them now that they finally face a potentially great run game. In the secondary they are ok, but without Chris Harris I’m not sure how they will do against Wilson with Tate, Baldwin, a finally 100% Kearse and obviously Harvin in addition to the high potential of former star Zach Miller who still proves his worth some weeks. We’ll see how it plays out

      • KWS13

        Seahawks defense:

        pts allowed- 1st
        yds allowed- 1st
        passing yds allowed- 1st
        yds per pass att- 1st
        ints- 1st
        20+ yd passes- 1st
        40+ yd passes- 1st
        opponent passer rating- 1st
        passing TDs- 2nd
        rushing yds allowed- 7th
        yds per rush- 7th
        20+ yd rushes- 4th
        40+ yd rushes- 6th
        FF- 5th
        F Rec- 10th
        sacks- 8th
        PDef- 5th

        Broncos Defense:
        pts allowed- 22nd
        yds allowed- 19th
        passing yds allowed- 27th
        yds per pass att- 15th
        ints- 12th
        20+ yd passes- 27th
        40+ yd passes- 8th
        opponent passer rating- 17th
        passing TDs- 21st
        rushing yds allowed- 7th
        yds per rush- 7th
        20+ yd rushes- 22nd
        40+ yd rushes- 1st (tied with many at 0, SEA has 1)
        FF- 6th
        F Rec- 20th
        sacks- 13th
        PDef- 8th

        Let’s hope you’re right that defense wins championships; if that was the only factor Seahawks would win this in a complete blowout

      • Guest

        These are POSTSEASON rankings and the 64 ypg is RUN DEFENSE and that was against teams they were beating the whole game forcing them to pass that didn’t have very good run games anyway. Denver defense in the regular season wasn’t very good, and has gotten some key injuries here at the end that a team like the Seahawks will finally have a chance to exploit. Denver put up only 26 and 24 points against very bad defenses, especially without Aqib Talib on NE. Seattle put up 23 and 23 points against some of the BEST DEFENSES in the league. Percy Harvin is coming back and Russell Wilson is back on track. Seahawks defense is the best in the league, one of the best in a very long time, first since a Bears team of the 80′s to lead in scoring D, ypg given up and turnovers. Out of all of this, what makes you think any of what you said makes sense?

        PS obviously you don’t watch the games, its KKKKKKKam Chancellor and Richard Sherman tipped the ball to Malcolm Smith for a pick

      • http://www.justinmayfield.org/ J_May

        Ah, nfl.com has a bug. It automatically listed the yards per game in descending order so it looked like the Broncos were 2nd to last in the post season instead of 2nd.

        But that’s two games. They’re the two that matter most but I would still consider the Broncos’ defense numbers as a whole before betting on its effectiveness in the Super Bowl – and the numbers aren’t very good. Definitely below average for the season.

        • Karim Akbar

          Ah, nfl is usually on point, guess they’re allowed one screwup a year.