5 Reasons Why The Seahawks May Upset The Broncos This Year
With the year’s biggest game less than a week away, sports experts all across the United States are weighing in on who they think is going to win it all in Superbowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. Many are picking Peyton Manning and the Broncos to come out on top and at the moment, they are the slight favorites. Given the season Manning and the Broncos had, few can blame them for being favored.
But before you get excited and take part in Super Bowl betting, here are five reasons why the Seahawks might just pull off the upset this Sunday.
1. It’s A Team Sport
Plenty of people actually seem to forget this, but while the Broncos have plenty of firepower on offense, the Seahawks arguably have the better-rounded team. The Broncos’ secondary has been suspect all season, and while their run defense is solid, Marshawn Lynch has had a fantastic postseason and doesn’t look to be slowing down.
Russell Wilson might not put up the numbers Manning does, but he’ll have Percy Harvin back (who will hopefully be able to last more than a quarter and a half) to help his offense. Add in Seattle’s fantastic defense and it’s not such a long shot for them to win.
2. Peyton Manning In Big Games
Peyton Manning is arguably one of the greatest QBs of all time and is coming off probably the best statistical season a QB has ever had. And this postseason he seems to have elevated his game in order to answer his critics about his less than stellar postseason record. But the fact still remains; Peyton normally doesn’t play like Peyton in the postseason, especially in the Superbowl, where he threw a costly pick-six that cost him a chance at his second ring four years ago against the Saints.
3. The Weather
For the past several months the sports media has talked extensively about this year’s game being the first outdoor cold weather Superbowl. And even if some of the predictions of it being a chaotic snowstorm don’t turn out to be true, conditions could be less than suitable for a team that relies heavily on the pass like the Broncos do. If the weather does become a factor, the Seahawks easily have the better run game and could pull off the win.
4. Defense Wins Championships
Seattle had the best defense this past year, and with some rare exceptions, the team with the better defense usually comes out on top in the Superbowl. We’ve seen it in the past with the Giants and Ravens getting hot at the right time and playing tough defense. And although no one is going to question Tom Brady’s legacy, he’s been the perfect example of why you need a defense to win, as he hasn’t been able to win a Superbowl since the Patriots had a consistently top 10 defense during their amazing run in the early 2000s.
You can take or leave this one, but sports usually do
follow trends. And nine of the past fifteen winners of
the Superbowl have been the underdogs. Take into account
how the aforementioned factors might end up making the
game incredibly close, seeing the Seahawks pull off the
upset really doesn’t seem so far-fetched.