Monday, February 03, 2014

Thoughts halftime Super Bowl XLVIII Seahawks, Broncos

- Peyton Manning was throwing wounded ducks and had that deer-in-the-headlights look before warming up a bit on Denver's final drive of the half. Seattle can't sit on the ball too much in the second half. Manning is dangerous and will make them pay for a lack of aggressiveness offensively. Getting Marshawn Lynch loose in the second half will be the key for Seattle.
- The Broncos got jobbed. On their last drive, itwas clearly pass interference by Seattle safety Earl Thomas on Denver tight end Julius Thomas. The officials throw the flag there, as they should have, the course of this game is completely different.
- One of the worst parts about Richard Sherman's antics following the NFC Championship Game is they took away from linebacker Malcolm Smith's key interception. He was in the right place at the right time and caught the ball. He was a huge part of that play, arguably the key part. Well, Smith, a seventh-round draft pick from USC, made another big play tonight. A Pick 6. Good for him.
- What makes the Seahawks defense so good is it doesn't have to gamble by blitzing. They keep four back, seven upfront. Yet, they are still able to cram the line of scrimmage, stop the run and keep pressure on the QB. Former Lion Cliff Avril is a big part of it. He is having a terrific game so far. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy. It's certainly going better for him than his former Lions teammate Manny Ramirez, who air-mailed the snap by Manning's earhole in the first quarter.


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