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Super Bowl 2014: 5 Reasons Why Seattle Seahawks Will Choke

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5 Reasons Why Seattle Will Choke In Super Bowl XLVIII

Steven Bisig-USA Today Sports

Super Bowl XLVIII is now set as the Denver Broncos will take on the Seattle Seahawks. This will be the first time since 2009 that both top seeds will be facing off in the big game. It’s a dream matchup for the several pundits that didn’t go out on a limb at the start of the season and picked this exact matchup. I had New England Patriots-Green Bay Packers at the beginning of the year. Oops.

The Seahawks made it a mission in 2013 to get home field advantage seeing as they’ve been one of the best home teams for the past couple of seasons. They got what they wanted and it definitely made a difference. In the Divisional Round matchup against the New Orleans Saints, the home field was clearly a factor. The dome team Saints had all kinds of issues going up against Seattle’s top ranked defense in heavy winds and rain, and, of course, the crowd noise. That Saints didn’t have a chance in that scenario.

In the NFC Championship, the San Francisco 49ers looked poised to pull off the upset in Seattle, but once again a great defense coupled with the insane crowd noise was probably the difference in that game. On a neutral field I would say the 49ers would beat the Seahawks six out of 10 times. Give credit to the Seahawks though, they took advantage of more opportunities than the 49ers, which is why they’ll be going to New Jersey in two weeks.

Will the Seahawks shine the brightest on the biggest stage, though? I don’t think so and here’s a few reasons why. Enjoy the show.

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Can't trust Russell Wilson

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Russell Wilson hasn't really been spectacular in these playoffs, but I'll give credit where it's due. He's made some clutch throws when they were needed. Still, as much as I've watched this dude, I don't entirely trust him. I'll say it now, going against a rejuvenated Denver defense, Wilson will be responsible for at least two killer turnovers that will cost his team.

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No Home Field Advantage

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Like I said in the intro, I believe the Seattle home field advantage made all the difference in the world as to why this team made the Super Bowl. If the Super Bowl was being played in Seattle I would love the Seahawks' chances. The Seahawks are definitely capable of beating the Broncos in New Jersey (any bad weather might be to their advantage), but now they won't be able to count on drive killing false starts or delay of game penalties. They won't be able to count on wasted timeouts due to crowd noise. The Seahawks will have to win this one the hard way.

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Not enough offense to keep up

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The Seahawks scored 23 points in both of their playoff victories. Going against the top offense in the league, you would think they would need more then 23. Marshawn Lynch is a certified beast. There's no doubt about that. But if Denver can shut him down like they did the Patriots running game, then that leaves you having to count on Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. Nothing against those guys, but come on now. If Denver goes up by 14-17 points, you can call it a day.

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Denver's offense is too good

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The Broncos' offense is an all-time great. If anyone could slow them down, though, it is the Seahawks' defense. Still, I believe the Broncos have too many weapons. Peyton Manning, Damaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas. Let us not forget they have a pretty good run game that is well led by Knoshown Moreno. Richard Sherman can only cover one guy at a time.

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Bad Karma

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Speaking of Sherman, how about that post game rant? I don't know why everyone acted so surprised. This dude has been in the league for three years now. This is what the guy is: an aggressive trash talking corner that usually backs it up. Still, I'm a big believer in karma and the football gods. I feel that Manning has paid enough dues and destiny will result in his second ring. If Sherman's post game interview didn't garner enough bad karma for his team, then he'll still have two more weeks to garner even more. Can't wait until media day next Tuesday.