SAN DIEGO – With the Super Bowl a day away, many folks are rolling out their predictions for this year’s Super Bowl between Seattle and Denver.
ESPN’s NFL Nation joined the fray this week with picks from all 32 NFL team reporters, which you can check out here. I predicted the Seahawks over the Broncos, 24-20 for a couple different reasons.
First, I think defensively Seattle will stop the run and force Denver into some third-and- long situations. Once that happens, the Seahawks have enough firepower up front to get to Peyton Manning with just four rushers, allowing their talented secondary to make plays in the back end.
On offense, we’ve seen that Denver struggles at times stopping the run. Expect Marshawn Lynch to have a good day running the ball. Add to that the mobility of Russell Wilson, and the Seahawks will make enough plays in the passing game to move the chains.
Lastly, Seattle has one of the best coverage units on special teams in the league, a consistent kicker in Steven Hauschka and a punter who can flip field position in Jon Ryan, so I think they can also control the kicking game. It should be an entertaining game.
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