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15 Predictions for Broncos-Seahawks in 2014 Super Bowl

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15 Predictions for Broncos-Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII

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Championship Sunday is over and we now know who will appear in Super Bowl XLVIII. No matter what the outcome of the game is on Feb. 2, there is no question it will be a contest that will please football fans all around the world.

The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are two incredibly talented teams that are guaranteed to put on a great show. The league’s No. 1 ranked offense against the No. 1 ranked defense is certainly a matchup the NFL dreams about for a Super Bowl. There are big names on both sides of the ball on both rosters, which will only add to the hype of the game.

A lot of members of the media as well as the fans are already dubbing the contest old school versus new school. The meaning behind that is that Denver carries themselves with an old school mentality, which stems directly from quarterback Peyton Manning. The Broncos have a very particular way that they go about their business and it seems to work out for them. Meanwhile, Seattle is more new school in the sense that they aren’t afraid to trash talk and they use big plays to fuel them to victory.

Make sure to click through the slideshow to see 15 predictions for the Broncos versus Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. Also, don’t forget to comment below on what you think will be the biggest factor in the contest. Along with that, make sure to tell us who you think will be victorious in the game and why.

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Super Bowl XLVIII Will Be One To Remember

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As I already stated, Super Bowl XLVIII will play host to the league’s top-ranked offense and defense, which means it will certainly be a game to remember. It has all of the makings of an instant classic. The MVP looking for at least one more ring before he hangs up his cleats and a defense loaded with characters that truly believe they are the best at their position. On the other hand, Russell Wilson, who many said could never start in the NFL, will be looking to show the world he has what it takes to lead a team to a Super Bowl win.

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Peyton Manning Will Have A Historic Performance

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Two years ago, Manning made the decision to return to the game that he loves despite the fact that many doctors advised him against it. That decision could pay off greatly if the Broncos win the Super Bowl in two weeks. Don’t be surprised if Manning puts forth a historic performance, as his determination appears to go unmatched. Just like in Super Bowl XLI, it appears this is the year for Manning. His unbelievable performance this season will continue on the game’s biggest stage.

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Richard Sherman Will Be A Non-Factor

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Richard Sherman was only targeted twice in the NFC Championship game. He was called for defensive holding on the first one and won the game on the second target. Even though Manning is the best in the business, I have to imagine he will stay away from Sherman throughout the contest. However, even if he does throw Sherman’s way, I believe the size and athleticism of the Denver receivers will be more than the cornerback can handle. Sherman may be the best defensive back in the NFL, but Manning is the best quarterback, which often wins out.

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Marshawn Lynch Will Unleash Beast Mode

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The best thing the Seahawks will have going for them on offense will be Marshawn Lynch. The running back will have to give the performance of his career if Seattle wants to bring home their first Lombardi Trophy. There’s no question beast mode will be unleashed. I believe Lynch’s powerful running style and ability to make defenders miss in the open field will be too much for Denver. Seahawks fans better get their Skittles ready because Lynch should find the end zone more than once.

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Russell Wilson’s Unpredictability Could Prove Costly For Denver

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What makes Wilson so dangerous is his unpredictability. He can hurt teams with his arm and with his legs. More importantly, he really gets under the skin of defensive coordinators due to his superior ability to make plays while moving around. He can make more than one defender miss at a time, which typically turns into a devastating play. Wilson will have to do all of these things if the Seahawks want to be victorious.

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Denver’s Pass Rush Will Play Big Role

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One way to stop Wilson from moving around is simply getting after him before he has the opportunity to make a play. Denver’s pass rush has been fantastic this season. The fact that Seattle’s offensive line has allowed Wilson to get hit more times than anyone would like to see means the team could be in big trouble against the Broncos. Of course, Denver’s pass rushers can’t just get after Wilson and hope to get him to the ground. They will also have to contain him because if he does get out of the pocket it will be a very long game.

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Demaryius Thomas Will Be Too Big For Seattle Defenders

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Sherman can talk all he wants about Michael Crabtree being a mediocre receiver. However, he will be facing a far superior talent in the Super Bowl. Demaryius Thomas led the NFL in touchdown receptions and has the ability to make big-time plays at will. The 6’3, 229-pound receiver will simply be too big for the Seattle defenders, as his size will wear them down throughout the contest.

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Doug Baldwin Will Have A Big Game

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Golden Tate led the Seahawks in receiving, but it’s Doug Baldwin who has been Wilson’s go-to man. He caught six receptions for 106 yards in the NFC Championship game. If Percy Harvin is able to suit up, I believe the Broncos will focus too heavily on Tate and Harvin, which will free up Baldwin. The 25-year-old also could be a big factor in the return game in which he totaled 109 yards on three kick returns on Sunday night. Denver has given up their fair share of passing yards this season, which means something will have to give in that area.

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Seattle’s Pass Rush Will Put Manning In Unfamiliar Territory

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Denver’s offensive line has done an incredible job protecting Manning this season. In fact, the signal caller was sacked only 20 times during the regular season, which was the best mark in the NFL. With that being said, there’s no question Seattle’s lethal pass rush will put Manning in unfamiliar territory. It could easily be the most important battle of the game that won’t get a lot of television time. Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett certainly have the ability to be game changers.

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Bobby Wagner Will Limit Passing Plays In The Middle

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Bobby Wagner is one of the best middle linebackers in the game. His most important job during the Super Bowl will be to limit passing plays in the middle of the field. More specifically, crossing routes that the Broncos like to do frequently. Denver will try several times to get the ball to Wes Welker or Eric Decker while they are in an under-crossing route in order to get a big gain. If Wagner can stay patient and not give the receivers to much room to breathe, he should be able to help take those plays out of Manning’s arsenal.

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Denver’s Unlimited Weapons Will Be Too Much To Handle

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The Broncos’ offense put up historic numbers in 2013. The fact is they have way too many weapons for opposing defenses to stop, which also leads to the difficulty of opposing offenses keeping up on the scoreboard. With Thomas, Decker, Welker, Julius Thomas, Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball at Manning’s disposal, it will be very difficult for even the most skilled defense to slow down the offensive juggernaut that is the Broncos.

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Weather Will Favor Seattle If Farmer’s Almanac Is Correct

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According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Super Bowl could actually be called the Storm Bowl. The prediction states that there will be a winter storm that will crush the Northeast around the time of the Super Bowl, which could lead to quite the adventure for the Broncos, Seahawks and all in attendance. If the prediction comes to fruition, there’s no doubt in my mind it will favor Seattle. The Seahawks have a stellar running game and stingy defense, which is perfect for cold-weather contests.

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Broncos Will Struggle To Find Run Game

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The Broncos have two gifted running backs in Moreno and rookie Ball. Even though both players have run the ball with a decent amount of success, they are going to be driving into a brick wall on Super Bowl Sunday. Seattle’s bread and butter on defense is their ability to slow down the pass, but they also are very good when it comes to stopping the run. I believe Denver will struggle to find a run game, which could prove very costly for Manning to do what he wants to accomplish on offense.

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Seattle’s Offense Will Prove To Be Weak Link

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The Seahawks have an all-around gifted team. Unfortunately, it appears their weak link against the Broncos will be the offense. It’s not that Seattle will have an issue putting points on the scoreboard. Their problem will be going touchdown for touchdown against Denver, if it comes down to that. The Seahawks will slow down Manning to a point, but there’s no way they keep him out of the end zone. That means Seattle’s offense will have to find a way to do the same, which has been an issue at times. The defense will give the offense opportunities but that still might not be good enough.

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Broncos Will Defeat Seahawks

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I’ve noticed that a lot of people are picking the Seahawks to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history. I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened. Nonetheless, every time I watched the Broncos this season I questioned what team in the NFL has what it takes to stop one of the most talented offenses we have seen in quite some time. The answer is no one. Of course, if there were a defense that could do it, it would be Seattle. However, I believe Manning and his weapons won’t be denied in the biggest sporting event on the planet.

Broncos 31, Seahawks 28