Monday, February 03, 2014

Thoughts after 1st quarter Super Bowl XLVIII Seahawks, Broncos

- This game is far from over and many Super Bowls have turned on the team that started out quickly, but the Seahawks look so much better than the Broncos, who are very fortunate they are only down by eight.
- Peyton Manning does have his Super Bowl win, but mostly he hasn't won his biggest games, dating back to his days at Tennessee vs. Florida. So when a game starts like this one for him, even if that errant snap for the Seattle safety wasn't his fault, it's difficult not to wonder if here we go again.
- The Broncos strategy defensively, which is to make relatively inexperienced Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, and his relatively average corps of receivers beat them, not Marshawn Lynch, is sound. I'm not sure if it will work, though. Wilson is extraordinarily poised. He's been outstanding on third down already
- There was a time there was no way a receiver like Doug Baldwin would beat Champ Bailey in one-on-one coverage. Bailey, who belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday, isn't quite what he used to be. The Seahawks took advantage of it on that big play.
- So far, the Broncos receivers have gotten remarkably little separation from the Seahawks. Again,. not a good sign for Denver. Manning, at least so far, looks like he's been throttled like the Patriots used to when he played for the Colts.


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