Super Bowl XLVIII: A Battle of Offense vs. Defense, Super Bowl Odds Suggest Offense Rules

Super Bowl XLVIII: A Battle of Offense vs. Defense, Super Bowl Odds Suggest Offense Rules

Jan 24, 2014

 

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We are less than two short weeks away from Super Bowl XLVIII. It figures to be a classic battle as the league’s top offense (Denver Broncos) faces the league’s top defense (Seattle Seahawks).
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The early sportsbook Superbowl odds suggest that the Broncos’ high-powered offense will prevail against the Seahawks’ brash defense.
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Peyton Manning’s historic season continued as he threw for 400 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the New England Patriots. That type of performance was typical for Peyton this year, but even more impressive considering it came in the AFC Championship. The Patriots were already playing without Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. Losing Aqib Talib didn’t do them any favors. The real problem though came on offense. Denver stifled the Patriots attack, holding them to three points through three quarters. The Pats tried to make a game of it, but the outcome of the game was never in doubt.
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Meanwhile, the Seahawks managed just three points in the first half. They hung in there and took advantage of three San Francisco turnovers, including an amazing play by Richard Sherman and Malcolm Smith to seal the game.
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The Niners have some solid weapons with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis and Frank Gore to go along with Colin Kaepernick’s explosive play. They are, however, nowhere near the level of Denver.
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Kaepernick is unbelievably dynamic with his feet, but Peyton Manning’s command of his offense is unparalleled. Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas could limit Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas, but the Seahawks would still need to find a way to slow down Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball.
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The X-factor is the weather. Since this is an outdoor game the conditions could come into play. If it is cold, it won’t be comfortable for Manning, but he should be able to deal. If it is windy and/or there is precipitation, things could be a little more difficult. Seattle has a better defense and a better running game. Weather could turn the tide.
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