The Super Bowl is set. Denver has earned the right to face Seattle on the Nation’s biggest stage. Now we take a week off, for some it’s the Pro Bowl but for others it’s an opportunity to shut down and reboot. While we create room in our brains for the game, the halftime show, and all the delightful commercials why don’t we take a moment to talk about some of the underlying story lines this great game has in store.
Champ Bailey finally gets his chance at the Super Bowl:
Champ Bailey has been one of the best defensive backs in the league for quite some time now. One thing that has eluded him during his hall of fame career is the one the every player strives for. To sit atop the mountain with the Lombardi Trophy hoisted above their head. For 15 years Bailey has fought and clawed tooth and nail to help get his team to the pinnacle, finally Champ will get his chance.
John Fox goes down during the season, Broncos pick him up:
When head coach John Fox was forced to leave the team for an extended period of time, the team could have easily folded. Interim head coach Jack Del Rio didn’t let that happen and now a few short months later Denver is going dancing.
Peyton Manning gets his opportunity to prove himself as the best quarterback in NFL history:
Sure Peyton Manning has one ring, but all of the best have multiple rings. After going through offseason neck surgery many questioned if Manning still had it. Not only does he still have it, he may have just had one of the best statistical seasons of his storied career. Two rings looks a lot better, and stacks up a little closer to Tom Brady (3) and Joe Montana (4).
Wes Welker going for his first Super Bowl victory:
After three losses as a member of the New England Patriots, Welker will be receiving another opportunity as a member of the Denver Broncos. A key member of both teams receiving corps, Welker had a key drop in his last outing as New England fell to the New York Giants back in 2011. You had better believe Welker will be looking to make a big impact in his return trip to the big dance.
Pete Carroll will try and become the third coach to win College and Super Bowl Championships:
Defenses win championships, whether or not that is true Pete Carroll will be hoping it to be. In order to make history as the third head coach to reach the pinnacle in both college and the big times, his defense will need to find a way to stifle the Peyton Manning led offense.
Richard Sherman, what will he say next and will he back it up one more time:
The Legion of Boom has frustrated offenses on the field all season long. Richard Sherman takes that a step further on almost a weekly basis. Sherman is never short on words, but just as important is his play the following Sunday. Sherman talks the talk, arrogance isn’t anything new to the NFL. Walking the walk afterwards is the infuriating part, letting his play act as the punctuation mark at the end of his cockiness.
Russell Wilson has been an ex-factor since arriving in Seattle:
This is the same guy who was too short to play in the NFL, and a team would need to “take a flier” on him. Just two years later Wilson is on the verge of being that guy that takes his team to the Promised Land. With his ability to get out of trouble and make a sure loss play into a positive gain is something Denver will need to account for.
Denver leads the all-time series 34-19, winning 13 out of the last 16: D
Denver has owned Seattle, pretty much from the word go. Losing six of their first seven match-ups, Seattle looks to change the culture and bring home their first ever Super Bowl win.
Offense vs. Defense, which side can impose its will:
Denver’s offense vs. Seattle’s defense, the showdown of the league’s best. Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, and a bevy of offensive weapons are the cogs in the Denver Broncos 2013-2014 season. How does Seattle answer? Well The Legion of Boom, Michael Bennett, and a plethora of defensive counterparts. In Lehman’s terms, Super Bowl 48 is Tyson vs. Holyfield.
Sport-Kings contributor- Ryan Alexander
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