The whole "don't get into a shootout with Peyton Manning" misses the point.
Denver's pass defense is their weakness. They are banged up and old. Denver's run defense could be considered a strength, relative to their pass D.
We know that Peyton and the Broncos are likely to score an extra TD or two against the Seahawks, relative to "normal" opponents. Denver has a historically good offense.
The key is to keep drives going, wear down Denver's defense, and score. Whether we do that by hammering Beastmode relentlessly, or bubble screens to Percy Harvin, or passes to Zach Miller, makes no difference.
In fact, I think Denver will come out prepared to stuff the Seattle running game, and have some success at it the first half. I am betting that Carroll and Bevell will quickly turn to using the passing game and Russell Wilson's running to keep drives alive and move the ball down the field. I don't think Lynch has much success running the ball until middle of the 3rd quarter. The reason he'll have success then is that the success of the Seattle passing attack will force Denver to adjust their defense to stop the pass, and the Denver defense will be overall gassed, while Seattle rotates in fresh O-linemen like Bowie, Bailey, and Carpenter against worn-out Denver front 7. In the 4th quarter, protecting a lead, THAT is when we will see a lot of Beastmode.
I think Carroll and Bevell are going to come out with a more aggressive offensive game plan than we've seen in a couple months. Closer to the New Orleans Monday night game plan than the 49ers or Cardinals game plan. I think the "number" Carroll has given to Bevell for the offense is "28". That is, the offense needs to score 4 TD's, 28 points, to ensure a Seattle victory. I think the 'Hawks will get a few more on turnovers and special teams play, but we're talking about a 31-24 or 34-24 type of game here. Denver does not have the elite defense we faced against San Fran, Arizona, and even St. Louis. Denver can be attacked and exploited through the air, and I also believe, by the running of a mobile QB. Harvin, Tate, Baldwin, Miller, Kearse, and Willson will be huge in the first 3 quarters, as targets of Russell Wilson. The 4th quarter will be soon enough for Beastmode time. I expect Russell Wilson to emerge as the MVP.
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