Give me the brains!
No, not like The Walking Dead. I’m talking Super Bowl Super Bowl XLVII. I’m talking Peyton Manning brains on offense and Richard Sherman brains on defense.
For the first time in twenty-three years we have the NFL’s best statistical offense going against the leagues best statistical defense. It’s the Denver Bronco’s led by a historically great quarterback and receiving core going against the Seattle Seahawks and their ferocious defense led by their secondary.
The two examples are complete opposites in how they are the smartest with what they do on the field. I’m not comparing Manning’s degree from Tennessee against that of Sherman’s at Stanford. Instead I’m comparing how they help their teams win, and got to be considered the best at what they do.
Manning, have sustaining career-threatening injury to his neck with the Indianapolis Colts has returned to his third career Super Bowl. He is looking to become the first quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl with two different teams. Before snapping the ball, Manning looks at what the defense is coming with and adjusts the play before the play clock expires. He does it with such ease, it’s easy to tell he has been in the league and doing well for over a decade.
Off the field, Manning is hilarious, starring in many commercials, and hosted Saturday Night Live. He is never known for being arrogant and goes from kickoff until the end of the game very calm and level headed. Now of course, he has to stay calm and collected when he is playing the most demanding position in all of professional sports.
Unfortunately, Manning has been able to have much postseason success throughout his career, but he is regarded as the best regular season quarterback. Of course it isn’t fair considering no other quarterback has played in as many playoff games and no other quarterback can turn a bunch of nobodies in somebodies like Peyton Manning. It would also add to the drama the media adds to his career if he drops this Super Bowl after the incredible regular season he and his offense had.
Peyton is on a mission to solidify his career and no longer be known as the man who couldn’t get the job done. No more comparisons to his little brother Eli on the Giants. He is looking to prove that he can get the job done, and he doesn’t need the defense like Eli had with his two rings with the Giants.
On the other side of the ball, Sherman is great at tracking down the ball and closing in on the opposition’s wide receivers and running backs. Not much gets past the guy, and when the team’s back is against the wall, he does what he has to do to relieve the pain.
Unlike Manning, Sherman does not stay quiet on the football field. He likes to get in the head of the other teams offense. When playing offense, if not calm and thinking about the play at hand, you are not likely to succeed. Sherman knows this. He goes after them with fighting words. When frustrated, the team isn’t communicating as well, and this gives Sherman and the dangerous backfield the ability to make the plays they are known for. He shows passion and never backs down from any competitor. He does however respect those who deserve it. If it was Peyton Manning vs. Colin Kaepernick, I too would go after Kaepernick who has much to prove, not Manning who is a first ballot hall of famer.
The fans of Seattle enjoy the loud talking Sherman does because they too are known for being LOUD. They love what the team has done this season, and it’s a real shame the faithful fans won’t all be there making it seem like a home game in New York. Don’t worry though, the city will show its 12th man spirit.
It’s safe to say that the Seahawks defense will challenge the great Broncos offense. For the last game of the 2013-2014 season, we will see exactly what we wish. Two number one seeds going at it and they both are known for being great when on the field at the same time.
The only question to be answered is: Who will outsmart the opposition for sixty minutes and raise the Lombardi Trophy?
It shall be a great game!
Arthur’s Pick ‘Em:
Broncos 20 vs. Seahawks 24