Trends show Seahawks’ defence will claim Super Bowl XLVIII

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In the 47 Super Bowls to have come and gone before the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks contest the 48th, not once has the regular season’s best offense had to battle the best rated defence.

Heading to New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium looking for a second Championship ring, Peyton Manning’s Broncos topped both the points and yards charts on offense this season. In polar opposite style, the volatile corner Richard Sherman led a Seahawks D that allowed the fewest points and yards over the course of the campaign.

That the match-up is the first ever of its kind in Super Bowl history doesn’t mean that what’s gone before can’t guide the outcome, with a bet on the 21/20 Seahawks looking best once the trends are considered.

The closest clash of this kind came in 2002, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the league’s then best defence, battled the Oakland Raiders, who had racked up the most yards and second most points.

It resulted in a landslide victory for the stubborn Bucs, who kept the Raiders’ offense at bay for a breezy 48-21 win in Super Bowl XXXVII.
For the Broncos, the reading gets even worse when their history-making season is put into Super Bowl context.

Manning ‘s troops put 606 points on the board in 2013, an NFL record for a single season tally. However, of the next eight teams on the all-time single-season scoring list not a single one went on to win the Super Bowl -a stat that includes the downfall of the 2011 Green Bay Packers and 2012 New England Patriots.

For Seattle’s already cock-sure number, the fact that in the last five meetings between the top-scoring offense and top-scoring defence the QB only came out on top once, will only add to their swollen chests come game time.

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