5 Reasons Why The Denver Broncos Will Dominate at Super Bowl XLVIII

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5 Reasons Why The Denver Broncos Will Dominate

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The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet on Feb. 2, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ to contest Super Bowl XLVIII. The game will mark the first time both No. 1 seeded teams from each conference reached the Super Bowl since the 2009 season when the 13-3 New Orleans Saints met the 14-2 Indianapolis Colts at Super Bowl XLIV.

The Broncos opened a lot of eyes during the season’s opening game when they destroyed last year’s Super Bowl champions the Baltimore Ravens 49-27. Their fine form continued through the start of the year, compiling a 6-0 record before falling to the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 7. The Broncos lost just two more games during the regular season, amassing a 13-3 record and first-round bye in the playoffs.

After dispatching AFC West rivals the San Diego Chargers, the Broncos faced the New England Patriots in the Conference Championship at Sports Authority Field. The two teams met in Week 12 of the regular season with the Patriots overturning a 24-0 halftime deficit to win the game 34-31 in overtime. There would be no repeat of such heroics in the postseason matchup as the Broncos ran out comfortable victors with a 26-16 win to reach their seventh Super Bowl in franchise history.

The Seahawks had an equally impressive regular season, matching the Broncos’ 13-3 record on the way to winning the NFC West, arguably the best division in football. Seattle went 11-1 through Week 13 before losing two of their final four games to the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals.

They faced the Saints at CenturyLink Field in the Divisional Round having thumped them 34-7 earlier in the season, and while the rematch was more competitive, the Seahawks advanced to the Championship game with a 23-15 victory.

Seattle hosted the 49ers to decide who would represent the NFC at the Super Bowl, and the bitter rivalry produced one of the best games of the season. A game full of big plays, big hits and questionable officiating eventually saw the Seahawks come out on top 23-17.

While the Broncos and Seahawks have compiled similar resumes throughout the course of the season, Denver should enter the contest as massive favorites, and these are five key reasons why they will dominate their NFC opponents on their way to hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for a third time.

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5. No Home Comforts For Seattle

No Home Comforts For Seattle
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The Seahawks compiled an impressive 7-1 record at CenturyLink Field and won both postseason games on home turf. The atmosphere created by the “12th man” was a big reason for their success, and with crowd noise playing less of a factor at MetLife Stadium, Seattle will lack that extra edge over their opponents.

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4. Broncos' Receiving Arsenal

4. Broncos' Receiving Arsenal
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Denver has been lethal through the air all season. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker broke the 1,000 yard barrier and the Broncos have four receivers with 10 touchdowns or more to their name. Against the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” featuring the likes of Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, the Broncos have the talent to overcome the best secondary in the NFL.

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3. Denver Will Slay The Beast

3. Denver Will Slay The Beast
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There is no question that Seattle has been over reliant on Marshawn Lynch throughout the postseason. In the last two games, Lynch has run the ball 50 times for 249 yards and three touchdown scores.

The Broncos ranked 8th against the run during the regular season and limited the Chargers to 65 yards and the Patriots to 64 during the playoffs. If Denver’s defense can prevent Lynch from turning on “Beast Mode," it will be a long day for Wilson and his receivers.

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2. Russell Wilson Lacks Experience

2. Russell Wilson Lacks Experience
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The game against the Broncos will mark the fifth postseason appearance for the third-year quarterback and his first in a Super Bowl. Wilson wasn’t particularly convincing against the Niners last week, losing a fumble on the opening drive and relying on his defense and running back to make plays for most of the game.

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1. Been There, Done That and Won The Trophy

1. Been There, Done That and Won The Trophy
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In contrast to Wilson, Peyton Manning has vast amount of playoff experience under his belt. In eleven years with the Colts, Manning played in 19 postseason games including a Super Bowl victory in 2006 and a second appearance in 2009. Manning added a 20th playoff game to his tally with the Broncos last year and is familiar with big-game pressure, unlike his sophomore counterpart.

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    L.O.B. meet PFM, Kno and the 4 horsemen. I’m gonna say the team that
    protects the ball wins, since Denver’s lone turnover was a fluke that
    could have been called either way, and Seattle has now committed 4 (5
    since everyone knows Navarro should have had that strip), I like our
    odds. You really played down the defenses impact tho. 4 sacks in 2 games and holding the Cheatriots to 16 points is a huge impact. I expect Pot Roast and Champ to have the D flying around, trying to send a message early.

    • David Lewis

      I agree that Denver’s defense has been great of late. The reason I didn’t mention the pressure on the quarterback was because I was purely focusing on their ability to stop the run. I’m sure Wilson will be scrambling in the backfield a few times next week too.

  • KWS13

    Russell Wilson had a decent game in the NFC champ, I don’t get what everyone is saying. He completed 64% of his passes for 215 yds and a touchdown, and while he had a few blunders he made critical plays that won them the game against what I consider the 2nd best defense in the league in terms of how well rounded and complete they are. He scrambled for nearly 10 seconds ad rocketed the ball to Doug Baldwin for 60 yds, converted a 4th down for 35 yds and a TD, and only had the 1 fumble at the 10 yd line that only led to 3 points coincidentally. Percy Harvin and the presence he brings should more than make up for losing Sidney Rice who was his go to man for big plays last year. ALSO the fumble recovery by Bowman when he got hurt was a bad call by giving it to SEA, but SEA didn’t score after that anyway so it really didn’t matter. Home field remark applies to Denver too, and SEA is tied w/Denver for best road record and has by far best road defense giving up 15 ppg as opposed to 13 ppg at home this year. SEA only has committed 1 turnover in last 3 games, not sure where NTHCLLWY got their numbers but its the LOST fumbles that count. Finally, while Denver had a good run defense this year, they only gave up 65 ypg against very poor run teams they were beating the whole time, forcing them to throw

    • David Lewis

      I still think Wilson relies on Lynch and his defense too much. If he makes those critical mistakes against the Broncos he will be in trouble. You said it yourself, Wilson had to rely on his defenders to make sure the Niners only scored a field goal after his fumble early in the game.

      Home field advantage does apply to Denver, but I think everyone can agree that Seattle’s home field advantage is the greatest in the league. The Seahawks playing away from home is a bigger deal than the Broncos playing on neutral territory in my opinion,

      You could argue that Denver gave up just 65 yards on the ground because the Chargers and Pats were chasing the game, but they were stopping the run early in those games too, when the score was close. They were also in the top 10 against the run during the regular season which cannot be overlooked.

      • KWS13

        For sure you’re right about SEA and home field, I was just pointing out that they are still very solid on the road with tied for best record and still great defense- their defense on the road is much better than most teams at home.

        For a while against the 49ers, Lynch wasn’t doing good as they are one of the best run Ds in the league, however SEA kept to it anyway, allowing Lynch to pile up fair numbers. You could say that he didn’t do great except for his 40 yd TD run, but that’s what SEA and Lynch bring to the table, getting the small runs and the really big ones. I agree Denver did indeed shut down the early run game, but SEA will do what SD and NE didn’t which is keep pressing it continuously while Wilson along with Tate, Baldwin, Kearse, Harvin and TE Miller present a fair threat against a not so great pass D. SEA can do great in these situations as they can exploit 1 dimensional Ds overcorrecting. If Denver gets in a rhythm against the run, SEA might hit Harvin on a slant. They pull LBs back, Lynch is able to get through the first level their D and use his great open field skills. Denver might be able to stop this by pressuring Wilson, but as you said there will likely be a lot of scrambling. Wilson can handle pressure up the middle, and if they blitz then the WRs should be able to get open, especially if people try to take the obvious quick pass away by doubling up on Harvin leaving Baldwin, Tate or Kearse open, or hit Miller in the newly opened middle. Wilson is at his worst when he is pressured from the outside, like when Aldon Smith forced him to fumble, but Denver can’t afford to blitz with a secondary not nearly as good as the 49ers.

        As for Wilson relying on defense too much, as many could agree but won’t admit, doesn’t Denver rely on offense too much? We can’t say for sure now, but it seems SEA defense is as good as Broncos offense, and while SEA offense and Denver defense may seem evenly matched, SEA has so much more potential with a rolling Lynch an a healthy Harvin, and when Wilson gets more than 2 seconds to throw the ball. People blitzed him in the 2nd half of the season because they didn’t really have a good, readily open go-to guy once Sidney Rice got hurt and even though his numbers weren’t great with SEA his affect was similar to Harvin’s- his size and relative speed made him tough to cover, while Harvin’s versatility and speed make him tough to cover. Teams could leave the WRs in press man coverage and load the box against Lynch. If it was a pass they brought those extra bodies into pressuring Wilson, if a run they sat tight and stopped Lynch. Their tendency recently to rely heavily on defense isn’t a liability, its a great asset. When the offense and defense were firing on all cylinders last year down the stretch they were more overall dominant than any team. How often did Denver win by a margin of 20+ points last year? 5. SEA? 5, with 3 in the last 4 games. 30+ points? Denver 2, SEA 3. 40+ points? Denver 0, SEA 1. 50+ points? Denver 0, SEA 1. They haven’t had the same offensive combo since then, but with Harvin in the field they could very well do that again.

        Sorry for long response