The Road To MetLife Stadium features something for every football fan, both the serious ones as well as those who take more of a casual approach. While many people look forward to what takes place during timeouts and at halftime, die-hard fans can rest easily knowing that they will get to watch the best offense in the NFL go head-to-head against the best defense in the game. When the Denver Broncos battle the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium on Sunday, whether you favor high-scoring shoot-outs or low-scoring defensive battles, this game features some of the best collective units at each and every position.
Of course, with the Broncos possessing the No. 1 offense and the Seahawks countering with the No. 1 defense, the position breakdown shakes out much as many would have predicted, with Denver having a clear edge with the ball, and Seattle coming out on top when they are attempting to slow down the opposition.
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Quarterback: Peyton Manning vs. Russell Wilson – This one is obvious, even without accounting for the late season struggles of the Seattle offense. Manning had the best single-season of any QB in NFL history, leading Denver to putting up the most points of all-time. WHile both will be prepared, Manning has the clear edge under center.
Running Back: Knowshon Moreno/Montee Ball vs. Marshawn Lynch – The Broncos’ rushing attack is better than many people think, but they still do not quite stack up to “Beast Mode” with the Seahawks. Moreno is a bit banged up, meaning Ball could carry the ball more than normal, but Lynch is still the best back in this game.
Wide Receiver: Demaryius Thomas/Wes Welker/Eric Decker vs. Percy Harvin/Doug Baldwin/Golden Tate – Again, Manning put up record-breaking numbers this season, and a lot of had to do with the fact that he had three top options at wide receiver. Having Harvin back is a huge boost, but the Broncos take this one as well.
Tight End: Julius Thomas vs. Zach Miller – This one really isn’t that close. Miller is alright, but has battled through some injuries the past couple of seasons. Thomas is still on the way up, and takes the advantage here on Sunday.
Offensive Line: Both have had tremendous injuries to overcome throughout the season, but the Broncos have done a better job at compensating for large losses. Did you see Manning get hit against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship? Exactly. Denver gets a slight edge.
Defensive Line: Again, injuries have played a part for both teams in this battle as well, but both units are actually still underrated. Overall, while Denver has done much better on the front line, especially shutting down the Patriots two weeks ago, Seattle still boasts players better served at stopping the run and getting to the quarterback. The ‘Hawks get the check on this one.
Linebackers: This one is close as well, but Seattle once again gets a slight edge. Both units will need to make a big play at some point to lead their team to a Super Bowl XLVIII victory.
Defensive Backs: This one is not as close. In fact, it is not close at all. Again, the Broncos have had to battle though some major issues in the defensive secondary, but, even at full strength, the Seahawks are better and deeper than the Broncos. The Legion of Boom may very well decide this game, much like they have countless others this season and in the playoffs.
Special Teams: Denver and Seattle are both very talented. Solid at punting and kicking, the return games are also explosive. Depending on which player can make a big impact on special teams, this one could come down to the final seconds. I may have to call this one as a push.
Overall, the Seahawks get the nod on defense, while the Broncos have an advantage on offense. This should come as a surprise to absolutely nobody, meaning Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium should go down as a classic!
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Finally, in case you have not yet seen the video of NFL players – both past and present – signing a collaborative version of the National Anthem, then what are you waiting for? I must admit that I went into it expecting to have some laughs, but these guys were pretty impressive. Current players such as Justin Tuck and Josh Brown of the New York Giants, Greg Jennings of the Minnesota Vikings and Nick Mangold of the New York Jets, as well as former stars including Emmitt Smith and Eddie George all got together to put out quite an impressive rendition of the National Anthem. If you have not yet seen it, make sure to check it out by clicking here.
If you are looking for which team may have a greater edge, make sure to check out Stats.com. If the temperatures dip below 40 degrees on Super Bowl Sunday, which is nearly a foregone conclusion, Stats.com will tell you how things could play out when the Broncos face the Seahawks in MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII. It would appear that Denver may have an edge on special teams and the kicking game with Matt Prater over Steven Hauschka, but Stats.com has plenty of eye-opening numbers that may cause you to bet on one team over the other.
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