January 30, 2014
So before we get back into the local high school sports scene with a slate of games tonight (Saranac Lake v. AuSable Valley girls; ELCS at Willsboro and Westport at Chazy in boys), let's take a moment to look at the big game that is Super Bowl 48 (again, its a Roman numerals thing).
Denver and Seattle are in the Meadowlands for the title game, which is upsetting to my 49ers fan-wife. The Broncos blew out the Patriots to get here, while the Seahwaks squeaked their way past the Niners thanks to some great officiating breaks and three turnovers on San Fran's final three possessions. If you think you know where I'm going with this, be patient.
In breaking it down, QB goes to Denver (Peyton Manning > Russell Wilson). The backfield goes to Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks, but not by as much as some think. Receivers go heavily to the Broncos, with the two Thomas', Wes Welker and Eric Decker. Offensive line goes to Denver with three lineman starting all 16, one starting 15 and one 14 (Seattle has 15, 13, 10, 9 and 8). D-line also goes Denver, with 21 sacks compared to eight by the Seattle front four. Linebackers and secondary go to Seattle - Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell in the back are the best there is. We'll give Seattle a slight edge on special teams because their kicker Steve Haushka played for Middlebury.
So, I asked some of the staff their picks. Managing editor John Gereau has Denver, 28-21. Reporter Seth Lang says Denver 24-17, while Shawn Ryan has Seattle 24-10 (he's banking on a Manning injury). Dan Alexander, Jr., sees the game in favor of Denver, but reserves a score based on weather.
As for me, I'm going to put the ball in Manning's hand for the final drive but the Seahawks defense making the big play to beat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl by the score of 23-17.
What's your pick?