Daily Journal staff offers Super Bowl picks
The notion is that the Super Bowl, viewed by an estimated 108.4 million people, transcends sport. If true, then there is a converse that also can be true — that is, some people transcend even that.
In The Richmond County Daily Journal newsroom, we sometimes get to have a little fun. The event that is Super Bowl XLVIII is one of these times. In this space, we take a few minutes to offer you our opinions on the NFL’s championship game.
Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Being the fan of an NFC team that will remain nameless, it hurts me a bit to go against the conference my team is from.
On the other hand, how often does Peyton Manning not run his high-flying offense almost to perfection? Weather conditions in New Jersey won’t be ideal for it, but I still look for the Broncos powered attack to take advantage of the Seahawks’ NFL best defense led by the “Legion of Boom.”
We all know who Richard Sherman is by now and he’s a great player, maybe the best cornerback in football. I expect he’ll be covering Demaryius Thomas on Sunday. That only leaves tight end Julius Thomas and wide receivers Eric Decker and Wes Welker for the rest of Seattle’s defense to cover. Not to mention running backs Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball out of the backfield. Sounds to me like there’s a lot of weapons on Denver’s offense and not enough Seahawk defenders to cover them all.
The Broncos had five players reach the end zone 10 or more times this season. The most in NFL history before this season was three. Peyton Manning has a 40:1 touchdown to interception ratio in the red zone, including the playoffs. We’re talking about the greatest passing offense of all time here.
They say great defenses win championships, but Manning is a horse of a different color. Navy blue and orange to be exact.
Having absolutely no idea as to what is going on, I am just going to take a shot in the dark and guess the Broncos will win.
Why the Broncos? I really have no good reasoning behind it. I know that Peyton Manning is the quarterback for the team, and I know that he used to play for the Indianapolis Colts — a favorite team of my father. I also would love to be able to visit the city Denver, Colo.
And that’s pretty much it. I don’t follow the NFL or any kind of American football game. Never has been my thing. Do I watch the Super Bowl? Of course, but the reasoning behind me watching the game has nothing to do with the actual game.
I like to get together with friends and enjoy spending time with them under the guise of “watching” the Super Bowl, but again that is not the main reason I watch it. I’ll go ahead and admit to it, I watch the game for the commercials.
No matter who you are, you cannot deny that some of those commercials crack you up. I still chuckle when I think of Sprint’s crime deterrent commercial from the 2006 game.
So yes, I am one of those Americans who couldn’t care less who wins the Super Bowl, but I am always glad when it comes around simply because I am highly entertained by the event.
I firmly believe in the adage that defense wins championships, even in today’s pass-happy NFL. It’s difficult not to root for Peyton Manning, who has endured multiple neck surgeries to lead this year’s team that set records for touchdowns (55) and yards (5,571).
Seattle’s defense, though, allowed the fewest points, fewest yards per game and was No. 1 in takeaways. Bob Condotta reported Friday in the Seattle Times, the only other time the NFL’s top-ranked offense played the top-ranked defense was in 2003. That year, defense (Tampa Bay) beat offense (Oakland), 48-21. A top defense creates opportunities for its team’s offense, and that’s what the Buccaneers did by recording five interceptions, including three for scores.
Personally, I also give points for a coach’s ability to motivate his players and on that task I don’t think anyone outdoes Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who has succeeded at bringing his college-level enthusiasm for the game to the NFL and passing it along to his highly paid players.
On another level, I love the city of Seattle. In my opinion, it’s the second-best city in which to live and be a sports fan. Unfortunately for the Broncos, Denver isn’t No. 1 (I give the nod to St. Louis).
Despite the apparent prestige of Seattle’s defense, I don’t expect Manning to shy away from passing towards Richard Sherman or anyone else. No matter which team wins, I expect a good game — no blackout required.
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