After meeting at the end of The Road To MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks both knew that they would face a very difficult schedule in 2014. The odds are already against them meeting in a rematch in Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, but the fact that the Broncos and Seahawks both have two of six toughest schedules during the 2014 NFL season will make matters that much more of a challenge. According to NFL Media’s research team, the Broncos will face the league’s 2nd toughest schedule in 2014, with the Seahawks having to play the 6th toughest schedule coming off of their big Super Bowl XLVIII championship in MetLife Stadium. Needless to say, while the talent is still clearly there for both teams, they had better be up for a challenge week in and week out.
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Of course, this statistic should be taken with a grain of salt, as so many things can change from now until next season. Players change teams or get injured, while new draft prospects can also make a major impact. Still, as of now, the Broncos will face the 2nd toughest schedule in 2014 and, with home opponents including the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, as well as road tests against the Seahawks, Chiefs, Chargers, New York Jets, New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals, it comes as no secret that Denver will tackle a very tough schedule.
It is not much easier for the defending champs. While the Broncos’ opponents’ winning percentage from this past season was .570, the Seahawks check in with the 6th toughest schedule with their opponents’ winning percentage from 2013 coming in at .561. Having to also play in a very difficult division makes things that much more difficult, with 2014 home games scheduled against the Broncos, 49ers, Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, plus games away from CenturyLink Field against the 49ers, Cardinals, Chiefs, Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers, one could argue that the 2014 sledding may actually be more daunting for the champs than the Broncos, despite last season’s winning percentage.
Ultimately, both the Broncos and Seahawks will face very difficult schedules in 2014. Every one of their opponents will give them their best, meaning Denver and Seattle must both be up for a challenge each and every week.
Of course, that is not much different from what they went through in 2013, so I am sure that they will be ready.
I hope that you have enjoyed the coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII as well as all of the story lines leading up to The Road To MetLife Stadium. Make sure to stay tuned to Boston Super Blog for more coverage and recaps as well as analysis of last night’s game in MetLife Stadium, as well as a look ahead to where the Broncos and Seahawks will go from here.
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.
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