Super Bowl Betting: Second String Heroes

Swinging Johnson

Friday, January 24, 2014 8:15 PM GMT

Both teams have experienced their fair share of injuries and suspensions this season. The Seahawks lost Brandon Browner only to replace him with the incredibly talented Byron Maxwell. Are his skills good enough to create a betting edge?

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The Seattle defense has been heralded, rightfully so, far and wide but they have been getting the job done without their starting right corner back Brandon Browner. Browner played his last game on November 10th which was a 33-10 victory over the Falcons and a game in which he left the game in the second quarter with a groin injury. Browner was summarily informed that he was going to be suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The suspension was particularly harsh due to his violation and suspension for four games last season for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. Browner will not only bear the burden of a year without pay but is a free agent at the end of this season and has likely played his last game in a Seattle uniform.

Losing a player of Browner’s caliber would likely compromise most teams but Seattle is nothing if not deep. Enter Byron Maxwell, a sixth-round draft pick out of Clemson in 2011, who had opened eyes around the league by intercepting four passes in five games as a reserve player. Maxwell has seamlessly filled the big shoes left vacant by Browner and is a vital piece to the prolific Seahawks defense.

He easily fits into the Legion of Boom characteristics, teammate Richard Sherman had this to say about him "He's one of the many reasons I believe we'll not only survive, but dominate on our way to the Super Bowl. At this point, he's well-prepared, and he's playing as well as any corner in the NFL." Sherman wrote in a column for Sports Illustrated published on Jan. 16.

If anyone believes a betting edge can be had because Seattle’s former starting corner will be in civvies on Super Sunday then you can forget that. Maxwell is the real deal and barring injury, should be a cornerstone of this steely defense for years to come.

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