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Seahawks may be able to slow Manning, Broncos

Posted January 20

If we're going to New York for a Super Bowl, anything can happen, but early reports are that the weather will be manageable.

And I hope it is. For a guy who spent 40 years in the profession, you hate to prepare all of that – your football team, your season – and all of a sudden you're playing the weather. You're not playing the football game you planned for.

Hopefully it'll be good weather and these guys can go play the game the way they can play it.

In the AFC game, Peyton Manning was precision, and they won the game with a possession passing game. He was pinpoint, razor-sharp, and the Broncos won the game going away.

His "Omaha" was loud and clear again Sunday. As we discussed last week, "Omaha" is a code word that tells your guys, "I'm ready to receive the football now."

I understand Manning's "Peyback Foundation" for at-risk youth got more than $26,000 in donations from a group of Omaha-based companies appreciative of the high profile his cadance gives to their Nebraska city.

If anybody can slow Manning and that offense, the Seahawks can. They are built to handle the tools that Peyton Manning has at his disposal.

That NFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers was one of the most violent, physical football games that I have seen in a long time. Both of these teams are very physical. It's defense first, run the football and maybe throw it after that.

Colin Kaepernick made three mistakes. Russel Wilson only had one mistake. That was the difference in the football game.

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  • Toddler10-21 Jan 20, 9:35 a.m.

    All about the pressure!

  • uBnice Jan 20, 10:03 a.m.

    The Indianapolis fans know all too well about Manning's kryptonite. If the other team gets a lead and they can pressure Manning, then Manning tends to fall apart (well, relative to his standard). There is a reason Manning has had 8 first-round losses in the NFL playoffs.

    But that being said, Manning is also judged on a different level. He is a great NFL QB.

  • jscott13 Jan 20, 2:40 p.m.

    Manning falls apart under pressure and Wilson does not. That will be the difference in this game.

  • Gunnstigator Jan 21, 6:31 a.m.

    I hope weather doesn't factor into this game. I think it's crazy that the NFL has super bowls in outdoor cold weather stadiums.

    If defense wins championships, Seattle has a good shot, but Manning's experience is a huge plus for Denver.

  • vt94hokies Jan 21, 6:00 p.m.

    Peyton Manning doesn't get rattled often. If his OL can continue to do the job, they should win this game. Denver has improved their defense as the season progressed too. I hope that the DL for Denver can rattle Wilson several times.

  • vt94hokies Jan 21, 6:14 p.m.

    Manning knows all about pressure. He most times handles this, and his career has shown this. No team goes without injuries either, and they have had some. My money is on the horse that is leading the Broncos.

  • rsadcox2 Jan 21, 8:14 p.m.

    The problem for Seattle is that a bad game by Manning will still result in more points than that choppy offense of Seattle. Seattle was less than intimidating away from home. It is the Broncos bowl to lose.

  • Gunnstigator Jan 22, 5:55 a.m.

    The problem for Seattle is that a bad game by Manning will still result in more points than that... View More

    — Posted by rsadcox2

    I agree, and even at home, Wilson didn't have a great game against San Fran; he held onto the ball too long and was sacked a lot. Wilson is a very good QB, but this is only his second year in the NFL; I think Manning's experience gives the edge to the Broncos.

  • rudisill49 Jan 22, 7:32 a.m.

    Broncos better bring their running game. The only reason SF was able to keep it close was CK's legs. PM's not going to do that. God could not throw on that Seattle secondary, and I don't think Peyton will.

  • Objective Scientist Jan 23, 9:10 p.m.

    This game presents a conundrum for me. Manning is "greatness" over time... he is one of the most "classy" professional athletes ever with an incredible "blue collar" work ethic. Wilson - obviously - does not have the legacy of Manning, but he is clearly a very good athlete, also with what appears to be a great work ethic... and he was a true STUDENT-athlete in college. During the year I have "pulled" for both. What to do for this game? Most likely I'll go with Manning and the Broncos... Manning may not have many seasons left.

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