Friday, January 31, 2014

My official Super Bowl prediction

I've said before that two weeks in between the NFC/AFC championship games and the Super Bowl is too much, especially if the team you root for is playing in the game. Those two weeks in early 2011 were brutal as a Packers fans.

What that time has done in this particular case has given endless analysis to what is hopefully going to be a very good game. You've heard plenty about it- offense vs. defense, Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, Richard on and so forth. It has all the makings of a classic, which probably means it won't be, but for the time being, I'm going to pretend it is.

The experience factor only applies to a few people in this game, namely Peyton Manning, but I don't think that puts Russell Wilson at a disadvantage. He's an incredibly cerebral QB who plays well beyond his experience level, and I don't see the moment being too big for him.

In my opinion, it's defense that wins championships. Not necessarily who has the most stifling, smothering defense, but rather who will come up with a big play when needed. Champ Bailey is a Hall of Famer, but he's probably not even one of the three best DBs playing in the game on Sunday. For as good as Peyton is, I think the secondary for Seattle will be even better when needed and will allow the Seahawks to pull out a close win.

OFFICIAL PREDICTION: Seattle 27, Denver 21

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