No Punt Intended – SUPER BOWL EDITION

By Brody Burns

Denver Broncos (-2.5) v Seattle Seahawks

Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup is a match made in Hollywood. It’s the traditional good versus evil dichotomy of the upstart Rebel Alliance (Denver) pitting themselves against the evil Empire (Seattle). That may be a stretch, but I think both teams are willing to take on these roles. The Broncos featuring one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history are led by the ever-likable Peyton Manning and the franchise is being guided by their own Obi-Wan Kenobi (John Elway) in a quest for that elusive third Super Bowl ring. The season was full of broken records and unbelievable achievements. The Broncos, and Manning, are more than willing to step in the role of the “good guy” for the sake of the narrative.

The Seahawks for all their boast and swagger, albeit much deserved, are playing the role of public enemy number one. Every news outlet covered the fallout from Shermangate, many criticizing his boast of being the “best” corner in the league, and for taking the spotlight from the rest of the team.  I don’t buy that claim. Sherman is in fact the best corner in the league, and giving a passionate interview minutes after winning the NFC championship is totally understandable. As an aside – Sherman was portraying himself as a character, promoting his brand, and raising his earning power – it was a shrewd business move. The Seahawks are playing the role of evil in the same vein as Sherman promoting his brand. Polarizing teams are good for the league.

To depart from the conventional Super Bowl analysis, what follows is a list of Super Seattle and Denver comparisons:

  • Nickname
    • Denver: Mile High City
    • Seattle: The Emerald City
    • Edge: Push – (it’s comical how both nicknames are applicable to the “new” recreational activity)
  • “New” Recreational Activity
    • Denver/Seattle: defying the federal governme
    • nt and their drug laws
    • Edge: Push
  • “Old” Recreational Activity
    • Denver: Ski/Snowboard
    • Seattle: Drink Coffee
    • Edge: Denver, energizing qualities aside, athletic prowess takes this one.
  • Weather
    • Denver: Sun
    • Seattle: Rain
    • Edge: Denver, San Diegans should back me up on this one at least.
  • Famous former native
    • Denver: Karl Rove
    • Seattle: Jimi Hendrix
    • Edge: Seattle – I feel the need to apologize on behalf of Denver for Rove. Sorry.
  • TV Show
    • Denver: South Park
    • Seattle: Frasier
    • Edge: Denver
  • Super Bowl Wins
      • Denver: 2
    • Seattle: 0
    • Edge: Denver

Clearly, in the game on Sunday, Denver will add another Lombardi trophy to the collection.

Denver Broncos 27, Seattle Seahawks 20.

NFL Awards

Most Valuable Player – Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Manning threw for 5,477 yards (NFL Record), 55 touchdowns (NFL Record), and played for the most prolific offense in the history of the NFL (highest scoring offense since 1950). I dare you to take the position that Manning shouldn’t win the league’s Most Value Player award; it’s an argument that will fail miserably like a 98 Degrees reunion tour.

Offensive Player of the Year – Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

See Above.

Defensive Player of the Year – Robert Quinn, St. Louis Rams

The preeminent defensive position in the league is the defensive end (or the rush linebacker in a 3-4). Houston Texans DE JJ Watt won the award last year, and the trend of defensive ends will continue this year with Quinn, who I thought had an even better season than Watt’s 2012.

Watt stat line in 2012 – 81 tackles, 12 sacks, 4 forced fumbles

Quinn stat line in 2013 – 57 tackles, 19 sacks, 7 forced fumbles

Coach of the Year – Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals

Andy Reid is the consensus pick from all the experts, but I have to go with Arians. After taking over for Chuck Pagano, who was battling leukemia, Arians led the Colts to a 9-3 record and a playoff berth in 2012 as the then interim coach. In 2013, his Cardinals went 10-6 (up from 5-11 in 2012

), in the toughest division in football, and barely missed the post-season. I think he deserves to repeat as COY over Andy Reid.

Rookie of the Year – Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

Allen gets the nod, over Packers RB Eddie Lacy and Bills LB Kiko Alonso. Any of the three is deserving of the award, but Allen’s final six games, and his playoff win should figure into the decision. He went for over 1,200 receiving yards and 10 TDs over the regular season and post-season.

 

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