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01/22/2014 11:43:14 AM · #101
Great article about Richard Sherman. Make sure you watch the second video. Manning had better play the best game of his life if he's to have a chance.

//www.sbnation.com/nfl/2014/1/20/5319032/richard-sherman-interview-nfc-championship-2014
01/22/2014 12:10:16 PM · #102
For all you Sherman haters you can watch him get bunched in the face.
It's around the 1 minute mark. The funny thing is listening to his voice go high pitch after he gets wacked.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1xw09AcvzI
01/22/2014 01:21:39 PM · #103
Originally posted by franktheyank:

Great article about Richard Sherman. Make sure you watch the second video. Manning had better play the best game of his life if he's to have a chance.

//www.sbnation.com/nfl/2014/1/20/5319032/richard-sherman-interview-nfc-championship-2014


Broncos praise Sherman as 'great'
…The Denver Broncos evidently do not think Richard Sherman is mediocre.

Broncos coach John Fox and tight end Julius Thomas praised Sherman as a "great" player Tuesday, less than two weeks before Denver faces the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.
…the Broncos know they will have their hands full with Sherman at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2.

"I know he's a terrific player, a great cover guy," said Fox, who would not comment on Sherman's spat with Crabtree. "I know the Seahawks are statistically very good on defense, and in particular pass defense. I'm sure their secondary has a lot to do with that."
…the Broncos know they will have their hands full with Sherman at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2.


I'm pretty sure the great Richard Sherman will single-handedly carry his team to a Superbowl win.

Message edited by author 2014-01-22 13:22:45.
01/22/2014 06:02:50 PM · #104
Just a little more stat digging.

In the regular season Denver never played a defense close to Seattle and Seattle really never played an offense close to Denver.

Denver played 4 games against Top 10 defenses by DVOA: Giants (6th), Baltimore (7th), and KC twice (9th). Their DVOAs range from -12 to -7. Seattle's DVOA was -26.

Seattle played 4 games against Top 10 offenses by DVOA: New Orleans (5th), San Francisco twice (8th), and Carolina (10th). Their DVOAs range from 16 to 8. Denver's DVOA is 34.

On the other hand Denver feasted on poor teams playing 7 games against bottom 10 defenses. Seattle only played 3 games against bottom 10 defenses. Denver played 6 games against bottom 10 offenses while Seattle played 4.
01/22/2014 06:09:05 PM · #105
Joe Namath and the Jets pioneered the use of pantyhose during cold-weather games -- I suppose whichever team remembers that will have a L'Egg up on the opposition ... :-)
01/22/2014 06:36:02 PM · #106
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

Just a little more stat digging.

In the regular season Denver never played a defense close to Seattle and Seattle really never played an offense close to Denver.

Denver played 4 games against Top 10 defenses by DVOA: Giants (6th), Baltimore (7th), and KC twice (9th). Their DVOAs range from -12 to -7. Seattle's DVOA was -26.

Seattle played 4 games against Top 10 offenses by DVOA: New Orleans (5th), San Francisco twice (8th), and Carolina (10th). Their DVOAs range from 16 to 8. Denver's DVOA is 34.

On the other hand Denver feasted on poor teams playing 7 games against bottom 10 defenses. Seattle only played 3 games against bottom 10 defenses. Denver played 6 games against bottom 10 offenses while Seattle played 4.

I love crunching numbers like this, even if they don't especially mean anything. But I find an earlier point of yours to be most important: Harvin.

It's likely he'll be cleared to play, and he brings speed to the outside attack (on sweeps and end arounds) to balance Lynch up the middle. The monster that Denver has in the middle could plug up Lynch, but if Harvin and Wilson can use speed and gain some ground on the outside, Denver will have to respect that and spread out a bit more, giving Lynch some room in the gaps.

Seattle's passing game isn't really too much more than lulling the secondary to sleep and capitalizing on inattentiveness or lack of sticking with a play when Wilson starts scrambling.

For Denver I don't see any way to stop Manning. If anyone can do it, it's Seattle, but I wouldn't bet on him going for less than 300-something and a couple scores.

That said, I think Seattle can hold them to under 30. Holding them under 30, a couple sustained scoring drives from Wilson and co, possibly some short-field gifts from turnovers from their defense, and solid special teams play with good field position coverage and decent returns means this is going to be a very tight and excellent game. Really looking forward to it.
01/22/2014 06:52:15 PM · #107
They should probably put Harvin out there and never actually give him the ball so he plays the whole game.
01/22/2014 06:57:52 PM · #108
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

They should probably put Harvin out there and never actually give him the ball so he plays the whole game.

Not a bad idea. Still, it wouldn't have worked against NO. He got hit before, during and after every play, whether he the ball or not.
01/22/2014 07:17:53 PM · #109
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Joe Namath and the Jets pioneered the use of pantyhose during cold-weather games -- I suppose whichever team remembers that will have a L'Egg up on the opposition ... :-)

Oh, Paul, you're bad!
01/24/2014 01:38:34 PM · #110
Super Bowl 2014: NFL could move game time or day if weather is poor
01/31/2014 08:47:43 AM · #111
Super Bowl XLVIII: Peyton Manning agrees with Richard Sherman, ‘I do throw ducks’

//willitsnow.com The weather certainly favors the Seahawks, as the conditions will be just like Seattle.

Message edited by author 2014-01-31 08:47:56.
01/31/2014 08:56:03 AM · #112
Denver 27-23

01/31/2014 09:53:19 AM · #113
In case anyone had forgotten that Boeing is a Seattle company.

01/31/2014 10:26:12 AM · #114
Boeing moved their corporate headquarters to Chicago and continually threatens to move all production out of Seattle out of pure greed. So they seem a little disingenuous as being so pro Seahawks.

That being said Seahawks 32 Broncos 13
01/31/2014 10:48:47 AM · #115
Just in case the weather (or other conditions) get in the way of that football bowl,
there are two other important games on Sunday, the 2nd of February
Don't miss ...
Stanford @ California Women's Basketball, Stanford @ California, ESPN2 (GO Stanford!)
or
The Puppy Bowl

:)
01/31/2014 10:52:46 AM · #116
Im not a fan of either team...But I am a Manning fan so.........go denver
01/31/2014 11:27:03 AM · #117
The Broncos will grind their way to the Lombardi trophy by beating the Seahawks 31-28 in an overtime thriller, making Manning the first starting quarterback in NFL history to lead two different teams to Super Bowl victories.*

*source Madden NFL 25
01/31/2014 01:31:08 PM · #118
BOOM!
01/31/2014 02:18:00 PM · #119
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The Year of the Horse!
01/31/2014 03:40:35 PM · #120
Weather forecast now says 50 degrees, no precipitation, light winds. Pretty much the best it could possibly be for Manning.

I think Seattle needs a two-score lead late in the game to have any hope of winning, as Manning has last-drive heroics written all over him. Denver's defense is good enough to keep Seattle's offense in check, not to mention Seattle has been starting really slowly on offense lately. I really think it's Denver's game to lose.

I would be more optimistic for Seattle if Denver had shown any sign of ever having an off day this season, but they really haven't. There was only one game where their offense failed to fully click, and that was against San Diego, where the Chargers had nearly double Denver's time of possession. Hard to imagine that happening again. Even then they only lost by a touchdown.

It's also hard to argue with the Year of the Horse. Seriously?! On super bowl weekend (essentially) it becomes the Year of the Horse? There isn't even the possibility of a Year of the Seahawk (as any Seattle fan could have told you), or any bird, for that matter. Doesn't look good.

I fully expect to be crying in my beer, but still: GO HAWKS!
02/01/2014 04:14:50 PM · #121
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

BOOM!


Or bust...
02/01/2014 05:23:17 PM · #122
I'm expecting a hard fought battle, may the best Superbowl commercial win..
02/01/2014 10:54:04 PM · #123
Don't look to the chargers game Bohemia, look to the Jacksonville game. Where was Gus Bradley last year? Seattle. So imagine the Jaguar gameplan that held the Broncos in check for almost three quarters except executed with vastly better players.
02/01/2014 10:55:08 PM · #124
Double post

Message edited by author 2014-02-01 22:55:30.
02/01/2014 11:08:56 PM · #125
In other news, Seattle's Percy Harvin sprains both thumbs during the coin flip, leaving him questionable to return.

My rooting interest tomorrow is limited, but, I'd like to see the Broncos win so all of the silly talk about Eli being the better Manning is squelched. Eli is a good QB, but Peyton is by far the better QB and a SB win probably cements him as top 5 in NFL history.
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