Peyton Manning put on a clinic on Sunday as he passed for 400 yards and repeatedly shredded the New England Patriots‘ secondary. The Pats simply didn’t touch Manning all afternoon long.
Near perfect conditions and a clean pocket for Manning present a deadly combination. If he is afforded either one of those it will be a long, long evening for that defense, but in two weeks he may be afforded neither.
This is the first time in a long time that the Super Bowl will be played in cold weather conditions. Met Life Stadium is windy this time of year, and Manning won’t be dealing with the most optimal environment.
Add to the fact that he is playing the No. 1 defense in football in the Seattle Seahawks featuring a relentless front seven and the best secondary in football, and this will be no cakewalk. In fact considering everything it may be the biggest challenge of Manning’s illustrious career.
Manning’s favorite target Demaryius Thomas will draw the assignment of Richard Sherman. There’s no doubt Sherman talks a lot, but more often than not he backs it up. Manning may be forced to go to his secondary options.
Lucky for the Denver Broncos they have plenty of them. Julius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker are all more than capable of making big plays in this offense if Thomas is shut out of the game.
This team is no one-trick pony. When they get the running and passing game going they are deadly. In fact it may be the best offense the game of football has ever witnessed, and football fans are in for a treat in this one.
This truly is strength on strength with the No. 1 ranked offense vs. the top ranked defense for the first time ever. This will be a Super Bowl for the ages.