Super Bowl Picks: Seahawks to face Broncos Without 12th Man

Swinging Johnson

Monday, January 20, 2014 3:04 PM GMT

The 12th man showed up in Seattle this Sunday, but how will the team fare when they head to New York with out the help of their old friend? Should the NFL Odds favor the Broncos?

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Thoughts on Seattle

I ditched the wife after the New England game and headed to a more, shall we say, spirited barroom (aka dive).  Boston accents are tough enough to understand but when mixed with a liberal dose of Budweiser and brooding, they are almost indecipherable to the untrained ear. Fortunately or unfortunately, I have a lifetime of experience speaking and listening to the dialect. But I tuned all that out because the Niners and Seahawks were throwing down and I had a stake in the outcome. Teasing the 49'ers and the Under was my plan and now it was time to watch it executed.

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Seattle looked like they were going to be beaten in their own house early as they fell to a 10-0 deficit and the 12th Man was nowhere to be found. But Seattle is nothing if not resilient. Russell Wilson may not have been spectacular but he was careful not to hurt his team and led the Seahawks to a grinding 23-17 victory. He was hurried and sacked by a relentless 49'ers pass rush but never coughed up the ball and never tossed a pick unlike Kaepernick whose lightning fast feet kept his offense on the field but in the end he tossed two interceptions and amassed only 153 yards through the air.

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If you're looking for a betting edge headed into the Seahawks super showdown with Denver then there's nothing new gleaned from Sunday's game that will lend a different perspective for their date with destiny on February 2nd.  Marshawn Lynch is a bona fide beast, Seattle's defense will only bend not break even on a bad day and Russell Wilson is damn good leader even though he walks in Manning's shadow.  The Seahawks are currently 2 ½ point underdogs in NFL odds and will be without their vaunted 12th Man when the teams meet in East Rutherford, New Jersey.