So, is it the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos in the SuperBowl then?
Seahawks vs Broncos, defense vs offense, the master vs the new kid on the block…..
The Seahawks currently lead the league in 2 of the 3 main statictics on defense, total yards and Passing yards given up per game. The Broncos currently lead the league in 2 of the 3 main statistics on offense, total yards and passing yards per game.
At 11-1, the Seattle Seahawks currently have the best record in the NFL, but does this make the NFL’s best team and the SuperBowl favorites? On Monday night the Seahawks dismantled the now 9-3 New Orleans Saints, they did it with offense and defense and with the help of the league’s loudest crowd. The Seahawks are 2 wins away from securing home field advantage in the playoffs and that crowd will just get louder.
On the subject of that new World Record for the loudest crowd noise, (http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-1/loudest-crowd-roar-at-a-sports-stadium/) does anyone else think that by actually having someone from Guinness World Records at the stadium this encouraged and already loud crowd to make even more noise and therefore put the Saints at an extreme disadvantage. Having to deal with crowd noise is part of going on the road in the NFL but this was hardly in the spirit of fair play. (Since it was the Saints on the receiving end, I can live with it)
Seattle has already convincingly beaten the 49ers at home and beaten the Panthers on the road way back in week 1, meaning that the Seahawks have already beaten 3 of the NFC’s best teams. If the road to the Superbowl is going to go through Seattle then it is hard to see which team can beat the Seahawks at Century Link Field. If the Seahawks are the league’s best then the Panthers are the league’s hottest, winning their last 8 games, a franchise record. The Panthers travel to New Orleans this week in what could be a NFC South Division decider, although the two meet again in week 16. The Panthers behind a defense that ranks second in the NFL in yards given up may well have the best shot at it.
The San Fransisco 49ers have been badly outplayed in their last two trips to Century Link but will host the Seahawks this week and will be looking for a confidence boosting victory after a few indifferent weeks. The 49ers on their day are more than capable of beating the Seahawks but they’ll need their offense to turn up something that has not always happened this year.
As for the rest of the NFC’s best, the Lions, Eagles and Cowboys have all proved inconsistent and although the Lions and possibly the Eagles may have the offense to cause problems the question mark is on the defensive side although the Lions D-Line is hard to run on. That said it is difficult to see the Lions going on the road to Seattle and putting together the complete game needed.
As it stands i see the Panthers traveling to the Pacific North West to play Seattle in the NFC Championship game, although I can’t completely rule out San Fran, especially as this group is only one year removed from a Superbowl.
The Broncos at 10-2 have the best record in the AFC and although they have beaten the 9-3 Kansas City Chiefs twice, they did lose on the road to the Patriots who also sit at 9-3. If there is one place that Peyton Manning won’t want to go in the post season it will be New England.
Manning’s career playoff record is nowhere near as impressive as his regular season one and when you throw in his performances in Foxboro the waters just become more and more murky. The Chiefs, at 9-3 will have high hopes but one playoff win will defiantly be seen as a successful season, especially after they only won 2 games last year.
The Cincinnati Bengals at 8-4 are equipped for a Superbowl run but have not always performed to their best when the playoffs come around and remain something of an enigma, which maybe why they have managed to stay largely under the radar to this point and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the Superbowl.
If the Bengals are going to get there then they will have to go on the road to a tough place like Denver or New England to do it. As for the AFC South leading Colts they appear to be moving in the wrong direction altogether and have lacked consistency all year but then you could have said the same about the Ravens last season and we all know how that turned out.