Let the countdown commence, we are officially a few days away from Super Bowl XLVIII! That means a ton of funny commercials, endless piles of hot wings, flowing rivers of the beverage of your choice and oh, yea, one big game… AKA Super Bowl 48.
The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are ready to do battle. This is a match-up that many football fans saw coming, but it surely won’t diminish the entertainment value. There are a ton of storylines swirling around in this one single match-up. Let’s take a look some sub-plots for the world’s most highly anticipated sporting event of the year.
Most of the Super Bowl limelight falls on the shoulders of savvy Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. It’s nearly impossible to hate Manning, who is as nice of a guy as he is a great quarterback. A lot of fans didn’t like seeing how his former team, the Indianapolis Colts, tossed him aside while he fought a neck injury. They might have thought Manning was washed up, but that is certainly not the case.
Manning, who won Super Bowl XLI with the Colts, returns to add another ring to his legacy. A lot of pundits keep claiming that Manning has a hard time winning the big games. While Manning is probably not focused on proving his skeptics wrong, a win here could prove that he is arguably the best quarterback to play the game.
On the other sideline, a brilliant career may just be blooming for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The Wisconsin alumnus is playing in a Super Bowl in just the second season of his career. It is a classic battle between the steely veteran and the hotshot upstart. History sides with the veteran, but there is a lot more to this game than just the quarterbacks.
Denver has been streaky on the defensive side of the ball, while the Seahawks have been a picture of consistency. When the mantra has always been “Defense wins championships,” it is hard to bet against Seattle in this respect.
Most notably, Seattle is home to the “Legion of Boom,” a collection of defensive backs that have wreaked havoc on the league all year. Led by Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, Seattle is definitely a formidable foe for this potent Denver offense.
The Broncos, however, need to learn how to put teams away. Even in their semifinals victory over New England, Denver let the Patriots back into the game. The Seahawks don’t offer that kind of room for error.
With tough defensive backs, it might seem on paper that Seattle is going to shut down Denver’s pass-heavy offense. But not so fast! Manning has no shortage of weapons. Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker are three great receivers, but Manning often finds his tight ends, half back and even full back to keep them in the mix. The Seahawks will never be able to shut down all his threats, they just have to minimize the damage to have a shot.
Marshawn Lynch powers an impressive running game for the Seahawks, and with a strong running game comes the ability to control the game. If Seattle can stay productive on the ground, they can limit the amount of times Manning even takes the field.
The Super Bowl rarely disappoints, and if this one meets the hype, it definitely won’t this year. Will the cold weather hamper either team? Will an injury during the game cause a star to no longer be able to help his team? Will the Super Bowl commercials be the best part of the game as they sometimes have been in the past?
Madden 25 predicts the Broncos will win Super Bowl 48. In roughly 60 hours, we’ll have all the answers!