Home-field advantage definitely won’t play a factor for either the Seattle Seahawks or the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. However, the Broncos will get to have the next closest thing. Denver has elected to wear their orange home jerseys on Feb. 2, a color that historically hasn’t been kind to the franchise in previous Super Bowls.
The Broncos have worn their old-school, Orange Crush uniforms in Super Bowls XII, XXII and XVIV, and lost to the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers, respectively. In each of those losses, Denver scored only 10 points and loss by an average of 31.3 points. The organization’s two consecutive Super Bowl wins came about when wearing their blue jerseys one year, and the road whites in the other.
Of course, the orange uniforms that the Broncos don now are different from the ones worn in the past. Hopefully that can play in Denver’s favor. Furthermore, what works in their advantage even more is the fact that they have the No. 1 ranked offense in the NFL, but even that doesn’t make this championship guaranteed.
Seattle’s defense is top in the league, and could possibly give Denver more than they can handle. Though they will be facing this year’s best defensive unit, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning should be good enough to engineer enough drives that will put up more than 10 points for an entire game.
However, one uncertainty is how well will Denver’s running attack do against the Seahawks’ seventh-ranked run defense. In my eyes, this will clearly be the game’s X-factor.
All in all, this will be the first time that the Super Bowl will be lit up by orange jerseys since 1990, and orange could possibly be the winning color for the first time in the Super Bowl era. For those who believe in superstitions, you might be totally convinced that Broncos’ orange uniforms spell disaster. As for me, this is the best opportunity to break the orange hex.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.