All right so all of us Hawks fans are starting to worry about the OG Peyton Manning, how he might carve up our Legion of Boom. For God's sake they AVERAGE 10 more points per game than the team that was second in the NFL in scoring this year. They have 4 ball catchers caught at least 10 TOUCHDOWNS this year. They have scored over 50 TWICE and NEVER scored less than 20 this year. Oh yeah, they also have a 1000 yard rusher, and gives up the least among of sacks on the OLINE that is regarded one of the best in the league.
Give them the Lombardi trophy now, right? Yeah our defense is all world but we are still lucky to keep them under 30? And oh how can our offense, which struggled the last 6 games, keep up with the Manning the Maestro?
Let me give you some food for thought as we are almost 11 days and counting to our Superbowl match up. Bronco's offense have faced:
Total Defense by yardage allowed
So only 5 out of 18 games (including playoffs) the Broncos O have faced a top 10 scoring defense and 2 out of 18 games they faced a Top 10 yards/game defense. While I'm not claiming the Bronco's offense is mediocre, they definitely benefited from some very easy cream puff defenses along the way.
By contrast, Seattle's Offense faced:
#3 (3 times)
#4 (2 times)
#7 (2 times)
#4 (2 times)
#5 (3 times)
#6 (2 times)
So Seahawks had 9/18 games against a top 10 scoring defense and 10/18 against top yardage defense. They have especially faced a gauntlet second half of the year (Saints twice, San Fran twice, St Louis, Arizona and New York). There is no doubt any of those defenses were tougher than any the Bronco's faced all year.
What do all these numbers mean? My conclusion is to raise the point that do not be surprised if the Broncos have a tough time scoring, and even if they don't, don't be surprised if the Seahawks can keep up with them.
Speaking of keeping with them on offense, there really is just one key to winning the game: control the clock. One is run consistently to the left. In the Chargers loss and the one TD win at Kansas City, the Broncos gave up 237 yards on 24 rushes when the running back rushes to the left side. When they run to the middle or the right the averages are about 3 and 4 yards a carry. Those two teams are in their division so it wouldn't surprising they are likely to exploit the Bronco's weaknesses. And if we can run successfully, then we can control the clock which is probably the best defense against the all world offense.
Thank goodness we are built for the run, right? Let's go shock the world.