Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch may be quiet to the media, but he has to be loud with his actions on the field and enter into beast mode if the Seahawks are to hold the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Sunday.
Most would say the biggest factor is the Seahawks defense, ranked No. 1 in all of the NFL, against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos No. 1 ranked offense, but I tend to disagree for one simple reason. The Seahawks’ defense has never faced a juggernaut offense like the Broncos before, and with all of the offensive weapons Manning has to chose from I find it hard to believe that the Seahawks can contain them for very long.
The Broncos are going to try to hold onto the ball for as long as possible on offense as they have throughout the playoffs to eat up a big portion of the clock. The Seahawks’ defense must try their best to limit them to three points and then counter the Broncos’ defense with the same exact strategy on offense. The only difference is while the Broncos will pass a lot for first-downs, the Seahawks will most certainly run with Lynch.
If Lynch cannot get going and move the chains this will put tons of pressure on top of all the pressure going into this game for Seahawks second-year quarterback Russell Wilson. Over the second half of the season and into the playoffs Wilson has been really hit and miss. He makes a good play and then turns the ball over, and since he will mostly likely show his nerves in the Super Bowl — at least in the early stages of the game — Lynch will get most of the plays. He has to deliver to set the tone.
A poor performance by Lynch will most certainly result in a lack of offensive possession time for the Seahawks. This would result in the Seahawks’ defense being on the field for most of the game and allow Manning and the Broncos’ offense to feast.
To simply sum this up for the Seahawks: No Lynch, no championship.