Super Bowl XLVIII is set; Seven story lines to follow
Conference Championship Sunday featured two good games and now we have our Super Bowl teams! The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seattle Seahawks will meet at MetLife Stadium to battle for the Lombardi Trophy!
Next week, I will do my annual Super Bowl preview. At that time, I will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each team and highlight the probable starters. For now, let’s just look at some story lines to follow as we wait for kick-off.
1. Best offense v. Best defense – Denver Broncos’ offense is ranked first in points and yards. Seattle Seahawks’ defense is ranked first in interceptions and pass yards allowed.
2. Experience v. Inexperience – Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has played in two Super Bowls and has one ring. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has never played in a Super Bowl. (No one on the Seahawks team has.)
3. Last Super Bowl – Denver has not been to the championship game in 15 years since Super Bowl XLIII when their current general manager was the starting quarterback. Seattle played in Super Bowl XL in Detroit, MI.
4. History – Denver’s General Manager John Elway became the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl when he won Super Bowl XXXIII at 38 as the starting quarterback for the Broncos. He could get another ring with the same team as an executive.
5. Winter Weather – New York, well New Jersey is not going to be warm. Unlike Super Bowl XL in Detroit and XLVI in Indianapolis this game will be played outside. Hopefully a polar vortex will not return.
6. Back to the Big Apple – Pete Carroll was defensive coordinator for the New York Jets for three seasons and head coach for one season. He was also on the coaching staff for the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers. He has a college championship from his days at USC, but this is his first Super Bowl.
7. The Vols – University of Tennessee has more alums and former players in this year’s championship game than any other school with five. The Broncos have quarterback Peyton Manning, punter Britton Colquitt and defensive linemen Robert Ayers and Malik Jackson. The Seahawks have defensive tackle Tony McDaniel.
The conference championships were exciting, but I think that the Super Bowl game is going to be epic.
Get in the game!