broncos1997 wrote:1) A lot is being said about the hawk's "physical" and disruptive secondary. Do you expect this to be more advantageous versus small quick receivers or the large, physical variety? It's been well documented that Manning has had major issues with good press coverage defenses. However, that was mostly back in his Colt days with the likes of Harrison and Wayne running around. I can't quite decide whether having the generally more physical receivers he has in Denver will lessen or worsen the effect.
Seattle is built to stop a WR corp like Denver, because they own big guys - even shut down Megatron.
Guys like Welker who don't have high end speed? They can get into trouble as you see here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk7BL3V5KhA
It's the small, fast guys -- like TY Hilton, Titus Young, and dare I say, Percy Harvin, who can light them up.
Well, to be completely fair Seattle DID hold Percy Harvin to a grand total of just 2 catches and 10 yards when they faced the Vikings last year.
From what I can see, outside of Demaryius Thomas, I don't see this receiving group having another real fast, quick burner that could make things problematic for Seattle.
I honestly believe that the Seahawks defensive backs will match up very well against Denver's WR's. And not just on the outside with Sherman and Maxwell either. Walter Thurmond is a great cover corner and has done a fantastic job in the slot this year, allowing a Passer Rating Against of just 67.4 -- among the league leaders. I don't believe that most of the slot corners Welker usually faces have anywhere close to the coverage ability that Thurmond has. And if the Seahawks decide to go dime and bring in Jeremy Lane, he's been phenomenal as well, sporting a Passer Rating Against of just 56.3.
Kam Chancellor and the Seahawks Linebackers -- have been great in coverage as well, shutting down some of the best TE's in the game.
And for those fast guys who do break free -- the omnipresent, lightning fast Earl Thomas is a real equalizer who makes a lot of plays back there.
YES, Denver's Offense gives teams fits because they have so many weapons. Most times, Peyton Manning can pick out and pick on the weak, old, slow buffalo in the herd and exploits the defense accordingly. Seattle is a bit unique in that they honestly don't have a whole lot of true weak links that can generally get exploited, as they have a lot of thoroughbreds who can hang in there with the big boys.
Omaha wrote:It is silly to compare this matchup to any previous opponent either team as seen. Neither team has seen anything like they will be facing on Sunday and that is what makes this SB so attractive.
On that, we can most certainly agree. I've been looking forward to seeing this matchup all season long. It should be fun. I can't wait.
By the way, I've kind of slacked a bit for the past couple of days on this thread because I've been finishing up my extensive Super Bowl Preview. Let me know what you guys think ...Super Bowl XLVIII -- Seahawks-Broncos Game Preview ... 5 Keys to a Seahawks Victory ...