Obviously the whole point of the game is to score more points than the other team. That goes without saying, so that is not what I mean by same strategy.
In the AFC Championship Game, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos‘ offense executed a perfect strategy against the New England Patriots by not only scoring touchdowns but also by chewing up as much time as possible in the process and making Tom Brady and the Patriots offense wait on the sideline. The Broncos had two separate offensive drives during that game that equaled just less than a full quarter.
Throughout this regular season we have seen that the Broncos’ big weakness is defense, especially the secondary. So in the playoffs, Manning, head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase have moved away from their “score touchdowns as quick as possible strategy” to now holding onto the ball, moving the chains and scoring touchdowns after taking up as much time as possible. If the Broncos continue this strategy on Sunday, they will be hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy no question about it.
As we all know, the Seattle Seahawks‘ defense is quite impressive and arguably the best defense in all of football. Obviously it will be a lot tougher to move the chains against them, but with all of the multiple offensive weapons Manning has at his disposal at wide receiver, tight end and running back, the Seahawks’ defense will have their work cut out for them. It will be interesting to see just what gives, the Broncos’ offense or the Seahawks’ defense, but since the Seahawks have just not faced an offense as dynamic as the Broncos all season I have to give the edge to the Broncos.
On the opposite sides of the ball, the Seahawks’ offense is very inconsistent led by second-year quarterback Russell Wilson. Over the second half of the season and into the playoffs, Wilson has failed to throw for over 220 yards and has made his fair share of mistakes leading to turnovers.
But the Broncos’ defense is very weak so Wilson should have no problems, right?
Wrong, because if the Broncos continue to follow their successful postseason strategy on offense then their defense will not be on the field for long amounts of time making them well-rested. And when the Broncos’ defense is well-rested they are one of the best defenses at stopping the run. This will limit Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and force Wilson to try to make plays down field with which he is very hit or miss.
All in all, if Manning and the Broncos continue to hold the ball on offense for long periods of time, move the chains and then finish off the drive with seven points, there is no doubt in my mind that the Broncos will be this year’s Super Bowl Champions.