Check it: Ten reasons why Seahawks will win Super Bowl
By David Whitley
It's in the cards
The Broncos are favored. Nine out of 10 people surveyed want Richard Sherman to personally give up 400 yards passing and six touchdowns to Peyton Manning. And everybody is enamored with Manning's legacy quest. There's just one problem. The Seahawks are the better team. We hate to dump all that Seattle rain on Peyton's parade, but here are 10 reasons why the Seahawks will beat Denver. -- David Whitley Photo: Steven Bisig / USA TODAY Sports
Sure, the Broncos score like the Denver Nuggets. But "Defense wins championship" is not just a cliché. This will be the sixth time since 1970 that the NFL's No. 1 defense has met the No. 1 offense in a Super Bowl. The defenses are 4-1. And those games were played in offense-friendly conditions. MetLife won't be quite so hospitable. Photo: Steven Bisig / USA TODAY Sports
Could the King of the Physically Unable to Perform List make an appearance? He's made two cameo appearances this season, but word is he'll be dressed for the Super Bowl. Harvin's a game-changer and would instantly turbo-charge Seattle's offense. But you know what ... Photo: Joe Nicholson / USA TODAY Sports
Seattle's receivers don't stink
They do if you compare them to Denver's stat-gorging unit. But Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin had 50-plus catches and have come up big in the playoffs. They are certainly legitimate enough to keep Denver from putting 11 men on Marshawn Lynch and daring Russell Wilson to throw. Photo: Steven Bisig / USA TODAY Sports
Underdogs have won the last four Super Bowls, and five of the last six. The Seahawks are also 17-5-1 against the spread when getting points the past three seasons. Bookies know which team is superior and initially made Seattle a three-point favorite. But Peyton-struck fans laid so much money on Denver that the Broncos are now favored. The Seahawks will be eternally grateful. Photo: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images North America
The AFC is the home team, so the Broncos chose to wear their orange jerseys. They are 0-3 in Super Bowls while wearing orange, including a 55-10 spanking by the 49ers in 1990. The Seahawks will wear white jerseys with blue pants. They are 2-0 this season in that fashion combo, including a 23-0 win over the Giants at -- you guessed it -- MetLife Stadium.
He loves the big stage, and this is another chance to show he's as good a player as he claims. More importantly, he can show he's not as big a jerk that everyone thinks he is. He can't be. Even Hank Aaron tweeted his support this week -- "hang in there & keep playing as you did Sunday. Excellent job -- you have my support." The Hammer has spoken. Photo: Jonathan Ferrey / Getty Images North America
We can't really explain it to you, but stat geeks consider it the gold standard for predicting who'll win. Basically, it's the difference between your team's QB efficiency and what it does to the opponent's rating. The Seahawks led the NFL with a plus-38.91. Denver was next at plus-29.91. Mathematics have spoken.
Everybody wanted Manning. Almost nobody wanted Wilson or Doug Baldwin or Sherman. The Seahawks are full of players who feel they have something to prove. Pete Carroll has used that resentment to create an attitude of constructive anger. For NFL have-nots, nothing says redemption like a Super Bowl ring. Photo: Jeff Gross / Getty Images North America
The Seahawks are built to withstand blizzards, monsoons, droughts, locust invasions -- you name it. The Broncos are built on Manning, who is 4-7 lifetime when it's 32 degrees or colder at kickoff. It will probably be 32 degrees and maybe much colder at kickoff of the Super Bowl. And if it's windy, those surgically-rebuilt passes will fly like frozen hams. Photo: Andrew Burton / Getty Images North America
He's evened his playoff record at 11-11, but memories can haunt. Like last year's overtime interception against Baltimore, and the pick-six that derailed the comeback against New Orleans in Super Bowl XLIV. The NFL's greatest regular-season QB is one game away from forever banishing all choker talk. This should be verrrrry interesting. Photo: Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY Sports