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How the Seattle Seahawks Can Beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII

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How the Seahawks Will Beat the Broncos

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On Feb. 2, the Seattle Seahawks will be squaring off against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII to determine the NFL champion. It’s a matchup that features the NFL’s best defense, the Seahawks, and the best offense, the Broncos.

For just the second time in the past 20 seasons, the Super Bowl features the No. 1 seeds in each bracket. Without a doubt, the best two teams are playing in this year’s league championship. The Broncos and Seahawks dominated throughout the season as they were clearly the class of the NFL.

This Super Bowl has many interesting dynamics to it. It’s the first one played in a cold-weather environment as it will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets. Seasoned veteran Peyton Manning will get a chance to win his second ring and second-year quarterback Russell Wilson will a get a chance at his first.

The Broncos will enter the game the obvious favorites. The are currently slated on as three-point favorites, but that number could change between now and then. While ESPN holds them at a slim margin, some think that they could win by more. Personally, I see it being a closely contested matchup that goes right down to the wire.

If the Seattle Seahawks are going to win, there are five things working in their favor that will contribute to that success. On the following five slides you’ll find five reasons why the Seahawks can beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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5. Pete Carroll

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While I am personally not a fan of Pete Carroll, I’m not going lie and say I think he’s a bad coach. He’s a charismatic and creative coach that has his playbook full of surprises. His ability to do new things and constantly surprise his opponent is a plus in this game.

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4. Russell Wilson

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There are many things I like about Russell Wilson, but one of my favorite things is his ability to play within himself and not force things. He’s more than a game manager, but I’m not ready to call him a prolific play-making quarterback. Simply put, he does his thing and doesn’t take too many risks. In a game that could be decided by turnovers, not getting carried away is a good thing. I like Russell Wilson to take care of the football in this game which is something he does well.

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3. Pressuring the Quarterback

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The Seattle Seahawks get after it on the line of scrimmage and pressure the quarterback unlike any other team in the NFL. They’ve sacked the quarterback 44 times this year and are consistent in their pressure. While Colin Kaepernick was able to avoid a majority of the pressure in the NFC Championship game, that was thanks to his mobility. My grandmother could run faster than Peyton Manning and that works out in their favor.

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2. Marshawn Lynch

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Marshawn Lynch is the lifeblood of the Seattle Seahawks’ offense. He’s rushed for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns. Sometimes the best defense is a good offense, and that will certainly be the case in this game. It is imperative for the Seahawks to establish the running game. If not, they could be in a world of hurt. Denver gives up over 100 yards per game on the ground, so it’s certainly a doable task.

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1. Legion of Boom

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The defense is good as a unit, but the defensive secondary is an entirely different group of guys. Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Walter Thurmond are all in a league of their own as a group. They’ve been giving quarterbacks headaches all season long, and there’s no wonder why they have the best defense in the NFL. When you have a secondary this good it’s hard to be beaten.