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Super Bowl XLVIII was full of exciting highlights...which one is your favorite?
Take a look a our five choices and then vote for the one you think is the best.
1. Twelve seconds into the game Denver Bronco center Manny Ramirez snaps the ball over unaware Peyton Manning’s head, resulting in a Seahawks safety.
2. Cliff Avril and Bobby Wagner pressure Manning into a poor pass intended for Julius Thomas, and Kam Chancellor grabs it for an interception.
3. Avril hits Manning’s arm as he's throwing a pass and Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith returns it for a pick six.
4. Percy Harvin fields the second half kickoff at the 13 and turns on the afterburners for a 87-yard TD.
5. Jermaine Kearse catches a short pass from Russell Wilson, breaks an incredible five tackle attempts, and scoots for a 23-yard TD.
The Seattle Seahawks - aka the Legion of Boom - are by far the tougher of the two teams and they going to beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett. ‘Nuff said?
Not enough? Then ok, how about this: Seattle's defense led the NFL this season in points allowed, yards allowed, yards per play allowed, turnovers forced, adjusted net yards per (pass) attempt allowed and interception rate. Yeah, that’s called domination.
Beast-Mode! Marshawn Lynch will pummel the Broncos defense, setting up play-action passes so Russell Wilson can pick apart the Denver secondary.
During Peyton Manning’s long career, cold weather has been his Achilles heel. This is going to be especially obvious against the much faster Seahawks defense. Look for Manning’s wobbly passes to be picked off a few times. These turnovers will be the game-changing margin for Seattle.
History favors the Seahawks. This year’s match-up marks the fifth time in Super Bowl history that the number one offense has played against the number one defense. The team with the number one defense had won three out of four times. Since 2000, teams with top-three scoring defenses have won 7 of 13 Super Bowls.
Don't agree? Think Denver's the better team? Tell us in comments and then you probably want to read this post.
As the saying goes, "Offense sells tickets but defense wins championships." When you look at Super Bowl XLVIII, it's hard to argue with that.
The Seattle Seahawks "Legion of Boom" is the undisputed top defense in the NFL. They are led by dynamic playmakers in the secondary - Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor - so you're going to have trouble passing on them. But when you try your running game, you run smack into dominant players such as Bobby Wagner, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. Whichever poison you pick, yards and points will be tough to come by.
Just how good are they? The Seahawks defense led the NFL this season: points allowed, yards allowed, yards per play allowed, turnovers forced, adjusted net yards per (pass) attempt allowed and interception rate.
The Denver Broncos, meanwhile, are an offensive juggernaut that do not even have a defense. Or so you might think, until you realize that the Broncos defense has been awesome in the playoffs. They held the Chargers and the Patriots - Rivers and Brady - to an average of only 16.5 points and 64.5 yards rushing. Stars such as Danny Trevathan, Duke Ihenacho, Shaun Phillips and Wesley Woodyard do not get the same publicity as the Denver offense - or the Seattle defense - gets but they are pretty darn good.
Two championship-caliber defenses yet only one will be crowned Super Bowl XLVIII champions. It's going to be awesome to watch!
Super Bowl Trivia - Defenses
Eight defensive players have been named the MVP of a Super Bowl: Chuck Howley, Jake Scott, Harvey Martin, Randy White, Richard Dent, Larry Brown, Ray Lewis and Dexter Jackson.
The record for most sacks in a Super Bowl game is three, held by both Arizona Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett and Green Bay Packers DE Reggie White.
Oakland Raiders LB Rod Martin holds the Super Bowl record for most INTs with three.
Carolina Panther LB Dan Morgan (18) and SS Mike Minter (14) combined for 32 tackles in Super Bowl XXXVIII. They rank #1 and #2 for most individual tackles in Super Bowl history.
The Dallas Cowboys defense held the Miami Dolphins to just three points in their 24-3 victory in Super Bowl VI.
Watch Super Bowl XLVIII at 6:30pm ET on Sunday, February 2nd on Fox.
Riding the wave of their amazing home field advantage, the Seattle Seahawks began this season with their best start in franchise history (11-1). They finished with an impressive 13-3 record and the NFC West crown.
With poise and skill usually seen only in long-time NFL veterans, second-year QB Russell Wilson (26 TDs, 3,334 yards passing) runs a remarkably efficient Seahawks offense. He can beat you with his arm or his legs, and he rarely makes mistakes.
More power to any defense that can figure out how to stop Wilson, because once they do, Seattle laughs and unleashes the beast. That would be RB Marshawn “ Beast Mode” Lynch who ran for 1,257 yards 12 TDs this season. In short, the Seahawks control the ball and can score at will.
And when you force the Seahawks offense off the field, what reward do you get for your efforts? Why, you get the #1 defense in the league! The Seahawks dominating defense starts with big-time pressure on opposing QBs. DEs Michael Bennett (8.5 sacks) and Cliff Avril (8 sacks) apply the heat, along with sure-tackling LB Bobby Wagner (120 tackles). The last word from the Seahawks defense comes from their ‘Legion of Boom” backfield, led by CB Richard Sherman (8 INTs), S Earl Thomas (105 tackles, 5 INTs), and S Kam Chancellor (99 tackles, 3 INTs).
As the NFL training camps begin to open, we reviewed the offseason transactions to determine which teams did the most to improve their chances.
Below are 5 teams that really got it done.
Added WR Wes Welker, DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie & OG Louis Vasquez
Kansas City Chiefs
Added QB Alex Smith, DB Sean Smith TE Anthony Fasano & OT Eric Fisher
Added WR Mike Wallace, DB Brent Grimes, TE Dustin Keller & LB Dannell Ellerbe
Added WR Percy Harvin, DEs Cliff Avril & Michael Bennett, S Antoine Winfield & RB Christine Michaels
St. Louis Rams
Added T Jake Long, TE Jared Cook, WRs Tavon Austin & Steadman Bailey
I think the Detroit Lions have the best chance of a last place team to make the playoffs this season.
Here are the reasons why I think they will make the playoffs:
1. They added Reggie Bush, a solid running back, which they didn't have last year, and David Akers, who is a great kicker. These acquisitions can only help them become a better team.
2. They have a great QB in Matthew Stafford, a dynamic WR in Calvin Johnson, and a strong DT in Ndamukong Suh.
3. They have a high pick in this year’s Draft and should get an impactful player.
4. Despite losing some key players this offseason such as Titus Young, Jason Hanson,
Kevin Smith, and Cliff Avril, the Lions are still a young team that should have most of their good players for years to come.
Although it is a great division, the Bears, Packers, and Vikings lost some key players. The Bears lost Brian Urlacher, the Packers lost Greg Jennings and the Vikings lost Percy Harvin. All these players helped their team in many ways. This should help the Lions.
The Lion’s coaching staff is solid and they usually make the right choices. They don’t have an easy schedule, but with the talent that they have, they should be able to win most of their games. The last time Detroit had a losing record, they came back the next year and went to the playoffs. Therefore, don't be surprised if they Lions make it to the playoffs this season.
The 2013 NFL Draft is nearing and there is definitely some great talent that could be on your team's roster. Here are my predictions on the first round picks!
1. Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs did a fantastic job by getting Alex Smith from the 49ers for a second round pick. Not only did they get rid of their quarterback problem, but they also saved their first round pick to improve on other needs. Their offensive line was definitely lacking, and with explosive Jamaal Charles at running back, a fairly good Dwayne Bowe catching passes, and now Alex Smith, getting an offensive lineman would complete their offense.
Eric Fisher (OT)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars are actually in a good position, believe it or not. With young wide receivers that will improve in the coming years and a defense that can easily be turned around, the one thing they inevitably need is a quarterback. In a draft short on young quarterbacks (and Alex Smith gone) I believe the Jaguars will take a surprising route.
Matt Barkley (QB)
3. Oakland Raiders: The Raiders put arguably the worst outside pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Carson Palmer will do for now. What needs to be cleaned up is the defensive end position, especially in a draft with so many available.
Ezekiel Ansah (DE)
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Everything fell apart for the Eagles last year. They simply could not get anything going on either side of the ball. With so many needs, I believe they will draft a linebacker who will make explosive plays on defense.
Jarvis Jones (LB)
5. Detroit Lions: The Lions have a decent quarterback and the best receiver in the NFL. They have Reggie Bush now, but they lack the blocking to get a dangerous running game going. However, with the eighteenth ranked defense, they should work on the defensive side of the ball, particularly defensive end, with Kyle Vanden Bosch being cut and Cliff Avril leaving Detroit.
Dion Jordan (DE)
6. Cleveland Browns: Rookies Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden made a sufficient duo on the offensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, with Sheldon Brown hitting free agency, the Browns will be lacking a cornerback, which is a spot where they did not have much talent in the first place. Get the best cornerback in the draft.
Dee Milliner (CB)
7. Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have a solid, underrated defense, a top receiver, and an okay running game now with Rashard Mendenhall. A quarterback is one piece they are missing. If they pick up one of the best quarterbacks in the draft (although there are not many of them) they very well may be in the playoffs this year.
Geno Smith (QB)
8. Buffalo Bills: Steve Johnson was able to get over 1,000 receiving yards this year, and C.J. Spiller gave a performance well worth an applause. Creating a frightening defense would be great for the Bills. Start by drafting a defensive tackle.
Sheldon Richardson (DT)
9. New York Jets: Sanchez has not come to the point where he is out of reach of being rescued. He needs more resources to work with. Like the Bills, I believe the Jets should get a receiver, except the Jets will not create any duo. They will simply be putting some good talent into that position.
Tavon Austin (WR)
10. Tennessee Titans: Dee Milliner is probably at the top of Tennessee's draft board. Unfortunately for them, by the time the tenth pick comes around, he will probably be gone. There are other cornerback alternatives though!
Desmond Trufant (CB)
11. San Diego Chargers: Like many other teams, the Chargers offensive line is lacking. Because of the variety of offensive linemen in this year's draft, expect them to pick up one of them in the first round.
Chance Warmack (G)
12. Miami Dolphins: Once again, there are as many offensive linemen in this draft as there are defensive ends. The Dolphins need a player with talent in each position on their roster. In the first round, however, I believe they will pick a defensive end.
Damontre Moore (DE)
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs' secondary was scorched this year after Tampa Bay traded away Aqib Talib and lost Eric Wright due to injury and suspension. To make sure that does not happen again, they should help their secondary, but not if the best two cornerbacks are already drafted. Not to worry. There is plenty of talent elsewhere.
Lane Johnson (OT)
14. Carolina Panthers: The Panthers lone bright spot on defense this year was Luke Keuchly. If they put some other dangerous defensive playmakers around him, Carolina might become one of the better teams in the NFL. They can start by drafting a safety in a league that is starting to depend on safeties more and more.
Kenny Vaccaro (S)
15. New Orleans Saints: With Sean Payton's suspension over, it is likely that Drew Brees will not throw as many interceptions. With a solid running back and multiple receiving weapons for Brees, the offense should not be near the top of the priority list for the Saints in this year's draft. What should be their concern is their struggling secondary. Although the best two cornerbacks are likely to be already drafted at this point, there are still others.
Xavier Rhodes (CB)
16. St. Louis Rams: Rams coach Jeff Fisher has defended his quarterback, Sam Bradford, multiple times by stating they need a better offensive line. More blocking up the middle will give Bradford more time in the pocket. Why pass up the opportunity to pick up a guy who can play center, guard, and tackle?
Jonathan Cooper (C, G, OT)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: With linebacker James Harrison not coming back to play another year with the Steelers due to the lack of ability to stay healthy and salary, Pittsburgh is also likely to start looking for a linebacker in the draft. My prediction for their selection may surprise you, but after he handled the interviewers at the combine, I believe he deserves a second chance.
Manti T'eo (LB)
18. Dallas Cowboys: As I stated earlier, the safety position is becoming more vital in the NFL. For this reason, I am going to assume the Cowboys have Kenny Vaccaro on their wish list. But if he is gone by this time, they will have to go with another safety.
Matt Elam (S)
19. New York Giants: It is unfortunate that the former Super Bowl champions did not qualify for the playoffs this year. They had the offense and several playmakers on defense. But those players were not enough to have a consistent defense for the Giants. General manager Jerry Reese loves putting good pass-rushers out on the field, and with Osi Umenyiora entering free agency and Justin Tuck having a down year, expect Reese to put another one out on the line.
Barkevious Mingo (DE)
20. Chicago Bears: The Bears, I think, will have a great bounce back year after just missing the playoffs in 2012 due to a second-half meltdown. To make their playoff run longer, they should draft an offensive lineman to give Jay Cutler more time in the pocket. This would make Chicago's deep pass play threat larger. This would also mean that Jay Cutler would not have to scramble as much, which has led to injury several times.
D.J. Fluker (OT)
21. Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals have a solid quarterback, another top receiver, and can squeeze some yards out of BenJarvus Green-Ellis when they want to. To get a middle linebacker would be a good strategy for Cincinnati. By improving their defense, they will get to the playoffs for a third straight year, and perhaps even win a game in there.
Kevin Reddick (LB)
22. St. Louis Rams: Oh look! The Rams get another pick! Well, the linebacker position has been a problem. It would not be logical to pick another offensive lineman, which is one of their big problems, so fix your other big problem.
Alec Olgetree (LB)
23. Minnesota Vikings: Percy Harvin will not be back with the Vikings, and even if he stayed, they have inconsistent receivers to play behind him. Minnesota should draft a wide receiver with good hands.
Keenan Allen (WR)
24. Indianapolis Colts: The Colts did surprisingly well this year, considering they had the No. 1 pick last year. To make themselves even better, they should draft a good cornerback to cover the opposing team's best receiver. It seems as if Indianapolis's option is obvious.
Jonathan Banks (CB)
25. Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawk's defense played tremendously well this year, but they lacked a pass-rusher that could make offensive coordinators go, "So how are we going to stop him today?" That can easily be fixed by drafting the best defensive tackle available.
Sharrif Floyd (DT)
26. Green Bay Packers: I do not think that the decision of cutting Charles Woodson helped the team at all. In fact, I think it actually hurt the team a lot. Now that Woodson is gone, the Packers will need to find a way to replace him. But the fact that they pick twenty-sixth will not give them many players to work with in the draft. Try to get a tight-end since Jermichael Finley might not stay.
Tyler Eifert (TE)
27. Houston Texans: Four players who play the middle linebacker position for the Texans are all questionable as starters for various reasons. There are a few linebackers available in this year's draft, and fortunately for the Texans, one of them should still be around.
Kevin Minter (LB)
28. Denver Broncos: Running back is a good way for the Broncos to go. Denver's starting running back, Willis McGahee is reaching the end of his career, and he needs to pack his bags. There is a possibility that a running back will not be picked in this year's draft by this pick, so the Broncos might get the best one available if they decide to go that route.
Eddie Lacy (RB)
29. New England Patriots: The Patriots have a very good chance of getting a decent defensive tackle. That is fortunate for them since they did not have much of an interior pass rush last year. Get a defensive tackle and improve your defense while leaving Tom Brady to do his magic on the other side of the ball.
Star Lotulelei (DT)
30. Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan has put himself in the position where he is fighting to get into the category of elite. Michael Turner was cut, but I would not worry about the running game. The passing game has Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez. Enough said there. Defensively, the Falcons could pick up an end to improve their team.
Datone Jones (DE)
31. San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers trading Alex Smith for a second round pick was a great move. Now with three picks in the first two rounds and a history of nailing the draft the last two years, expect San Francisco to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. Strong, athletic, and monstrous. These are the words that describe the defensive end they should take to put on the line with Justin and Aldon Smith backed up by Patrick Willis.
Margus Hunt (DE)
32. Baltimore Ravens: Finally, the pick of the Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens. Putting an outside linebacker who can cover receivers in a 3-4 defense would be a smart strategy, especially because Baltimore was on the lower side of pass defense rankings and legendary Ray Lewis is retiring.
Bjorn Werner (LB)
Now that the 2012 NFL season has concluded, many players will sign with new teams. I think that these players are the top 3 among free agents.
1. Mike Wallace: Wallace led the Pittsburgh Steelers in receiving yards last year. Wallace is one of the fastest player's in the NFL, and is showing no signs of slowing down. The Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger targeted Wallace more than any other Steeler. Wallace caught over half of those throws. This shows that Wallace can be a reliable option to throw to for any team for years to come.
2. Wes Welker: Over the last 5 years, Welker has been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Last year, Wes had the most receiving yards on his team and 8th most in the NFL. He also had the second most receptions in the NFL. Welker will definitely tune up any team's receiving core.
3. Steven Jackson: Steven Jackson can fill many team's needs in 2013. Jackson ran for 1,042 yards this year. That was the 15th most in the NFL. The Falcons, Lions, and Colts need a running back, so expect Jackson to end up with a pretty high salary.
Notable other free agents: Greg Jennings, Cliff Avril, Phil Loadhalt, Jake Long, and Dashon Goldson.
As you can see, this is a great class of free agents this year. Where they will land? My guess is as good as yours!
2012 Record: 2-14
The Jaguars have a lot in common with the Chiefs, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. Bad teams stink alike. But with a high draft position and a few good things to build on, this team has hope for a better tomorrow.
Now that the hoopla of the Super Bowl has ended, it’s time for the teams to assess what went right, what went wrong, and how to improve next season. This is a perfect time for us to provide our free advice on what they should do.
Kansas City Chiefs
2012 Record: 2-14
I was able to see -- in person! -- the Detroit Lions Week 1 football game on Sunday at Ford Field. The experience was thrilling, and I was able to notice several details while I was there, both fortunate and disappointing.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford had over 300 yards, and his favorite target, Calvin Johnson, was able to get over 100 yards in the 60 minutes that they played. However, Stafford threw three interceptions in the first half and got the Lions off to a bumpy start.
Luckily, the defense came out strong. Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Cliff Avril were all able to force sacks on Sam Bradford. Suh also made a one-handed tackle on Steven Jackson in the backfield. Corey Williams forced a fumble as well. Though they let the St. Louis Rams score 20 points, the defense restricted any explosive plays.
Kevin Smith was the star player of the game. With Jahvid Best injured and Mikel Leshoure suspended, he was the spotlight running back for the game. After his performance, I have hope that the Lions will have a good running game this year. He had 62 rushing yards and 29 yards in the air. His last play of the game was a touchdown pass to put the Lions up by four points with 10 seconds left in the game. He was also the player of the game.
Stafford seemed a bit jittery in the first half, but he was able to screw his head on for the rest of the game. The defense and the running game looks fantastic. The Lions might have a great season ahead of them!
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