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Super Bowl XLVIII: Peyton Manning vs. Seahawks Secondary Is The Most Intriguing Matchup

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl XLVIII will be the culmination of another NFL season as the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are set to battle for football’s most coveted prize, the Lombardi Trophy.

Every year, a two- week period is provided between Conference Championship Games and Super Bowl Sunday. Of course, plenty of drama builds both on and off the gridiron. Pregame shows seek to create even more interest in what is already annually one of the most highly anticipated events on television.

Making predictions in pro sports is very difficult. Injuries often derail a team’s success, and there are also times when players simply underachieve. This year, many experts and fans alike were correct in their projections of the Big Game. While parity was on display with Wild Card teams making unlikely runs, it is the league’s two top teams who will battle in the end.

Intriguing positional matchups also add to anticipation. Seattle’s running back Marshawn Lynch runs with power and speed. He should have success against Denver’s shaky rush defense. Meanwhile, quarterback Russell Wilson can make plays both with his arm and feet.

What everyone should be watching out for is a chess match between all-time great quarterback Peyton Manning and football’s best secondary. Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas are two hard-hitting safeties who can also excel in pass coverage. For all of his trash talk, Richard Sherman is a top notch cornerback. His physical toughness and skill also make him a dual-threat defensive back.

That being, said Denver’s receivers are gifted. It is hard to think of a better active trio than Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. Manning’s mastery of pre-snap audibles and his sheer skill will be fascinating against Seattle’s “Legion of Boom.”

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