5 Reasons Why The Denver Broncos Will Dominate at Super Bowl XLVIII
5 Reasons Why The Denver Broncos Will Dominate
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
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.
4. Broncos' Receiving Arsenal
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.
3. Denver Will Slay The Beast
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.
2. Russell Wilson Lacks Experience
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.
1. Been There, Done That and Won The Trophy
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.