After yet another thrilling season here at The Sports Geek, the game we’ve all been waiting for is finally upon us. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and the 2014 edition features a thrilling match-up between two very talented, yet very different squads.
Peyton Manning looks to solidify his legacy in the Big Apple as his Denver Broncos take on Richard Sherman and the stifling defense of the Seattle Seahawks. It’s a dream match-up of the two best football teams all season, and with a spread of under a field goal, it promises to be a tight encounter throughout.
As always, we’ve got you covered here at The Sports Geek. So far this post-season I’ve managed to go perfect with our official selections, and we’ll look to make this a flawless second season here at the website. It’s Super Bowl XLVIII from New York City, and read on below for more game details and the over/under prediction for this match-up.
Seahawks vs. Broncos Over/Under Odds:
Over 48.5 Points (-105)
Under 48.0 Points (-115)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Seahawks vs. Broncos Over/Under Pick:
Since his emergence as a top-flight quarterback in the NFL, defenses, coordinators, and head coaches everywhere have been pondering how do you possibly shut down Peyton Manning. Even as Manning has moved on with age, he still seems to be an electric quarterback. And as good as the Seahawks defense is, and it’s very good, they will not be able to shut down Peyton Manning completely. No team has, and no team will. That said, this Seahawks defensive unit is a special bunch. While Manning will be able to move the chains and throw for a couple touchdown passes in all likliehood, for the most part look for the Seahawks to keep Manning off-balance and frustrate him.
This intriguing affair pits Manning’s top ranked offense against Seattle’s NFL-leading defense. And under the bright lights of the Big Apple, bank on Seattle’s defense winning out. As prolific as Manning and the Broncos have been this season, Seattle’s defense against the pass has been downright incredible. The Seahawks are incredibly physical off the line and won’t allow for any easy completions come Sunday evening. They allowed a league-low 14.4 points per game, gave up the fewest yards against, all while recording the most takeaways. This is simply one of the best defenses of this era and that will be on full display against Manning and company.
Seattle’s defense also enters this contest in fine form. Over their past five weeks, they hold a 4-to-13 touchdown to interception ratio. As good has Denver has looked this season, it’s one thing to do it against the Raiders, it’s another to do this in a Super Bowl against this impressive Seahawks defense. Denver prides itself on their ability to connect with a big play. In fact, it’s gotten them out of trouble on a number of occasions. Manning is fortunate enough to have a wealth of big-play receivers at his disposal, although that play will be harder to come by on Sunday. Seattle has only conceded 15 passing plays of 25 or more yards all season long, and should be able to limit the effectiveness of Demaryius Thomas. In recent weeks and over the course of the regular season, the Broncos attack has shown vulnerabilities. The Seahawks defense hasn’t. We’re counting on the more consistent winning out on Sunday.
On the other side of the ball, the Seahawks offense will be focused on retaining possession and keeping the ball out of Manning’s dangerous hands. The way to do that? Run the football. And who else to do a better job of that than the red-hot Marshawn Lynch. The man dubbed ‘Beast Mode’ has lived up to his billing this post-season and is primed for yet another dominant, yet clock-ticking performance. Expect the Seahawks to move the chains by using the ground game early and often in Super Bowl XLVIII. Lynch should be able to exploit a Broncos defense without Von Miller and Chris Harris, and after a solid outing against the 49ers two weeks ago, Denver’s run-stopping unit will seem soft in comparison.
Look for stifling Seahawks defense and time-consuming Seahawks offense to be the story of Sunday’s big clash. Seattle is simply a well-built football team with zero holes. They’ll execute their gameplan to perfection, and as a result this game should stay under the posted total of 48.5 points. Seattle 24, Denver 20.
PICK = Under 48.0 Points (-115)