Seattle has been one of the more feared teams in the NFL this season, and despite having to travel for the big game next week, Seattle will continue their dominance.
Defense and running game
Seattle dominates the Broncos on defense and in the running game, and although the Broncos have been playing better in those areas, the Seahawks bring another level on defense. They are great at defending tight ends, and I expect the Seahawks to take Julius Thomas out of the game.
When it comes to their receivers, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas will both play critical roles in slowing down the Denver passing game, and as long as the Hawks can eliminate some of Manning’s options, they are going to keep this game close enough to win it at the end.
People like to think that the experience and excellence of Manning is what will win this game, but keeping the ball away from him, and making life miserable for him when he does have the ball are going to be critical for the Hawks in this game. As long as they can put pressure on Manning, they will win. Teams that fall behind the Broncos are the ones that feel the pressure from Denver’s defense, however the Hawks are good enough on defense to slow down even the most potent offenses.
While the Seattle defense won’t be able to stop Manning completely, getting pressure on him will be the first step. If he counters with quick screens, the Seattle linebackers and safeties are good enough to contain. As long as the corners don’t get burned on the outside, I see a victory for the Seahawks both SU and ATS.
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