Why I Might be Wrong
They may not be a top 5 all-time defense, but Seattle still has a damn good defense. The Seahawks only surrendered 172.0 YPG in the air, 273.6 YPG overall and 14.4 PPG.
In 2013, the Seahawks lead the NFL in PPG (14.4), YPG (273.6), passer rating allowed (63.4), yards allowed per play (4.42), fewest plays of 20+ yards (36), passing YPG (172.0) and takeaways (39).
Key to the Game
All of the talk is going to understandably surround Manning and the Seahawks secondary, but the key to this game is going to be the running games.
If the Seahawks can make the Broncos one-dimensional by stopping (or at least slowing) the Broncos running game, containing Manning becomes much more obtainable.
However, if the Seahawks let the Broncos run game get on track and start to make the Seahawks guess, they are going to be in trouble. For the Seahawks offense, the key will be getting Lynch going and keeping him going.
The easiest way to stop Manning is to keep him off the field as much as possible. That can be done by establishing the run and sustaining long drives.
I don’t see that happening and I see Manning winning his 2nd Super Bowl.