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Super Bowl: 5 Reasons Broncos Win

It’s hard to miss the biggest reason why the Denver Broncos are favored to win the Super Bowl over the Seattle Seahawks. Peyton Manning gives the Broncos a significant advantage at the most important position on the field.

But Manning is only one part of a Super Bowl-winning equation for the Broncos. In addition to Manning, here are five more reasons the Broncos will win the Super Bowl.

Playmakers: Denver, simply, has more big-play weapons than the Seahawks. A lot more. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas, and Wes Welker have each caught at least 10 touchdowns and are averaging more than 10 yards per reception. No Seattle player has more than five touchdown catches.

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Experience: Seattle is the first team to reach the Super Bowl with a roster that doesn’t possess at least one player with Super Bowl experience. This is Manning’s third Super Bowl appearance. Seattle QB Russell Wilson, in contrast, will be making his first appearance in the Super Bowl. Wilson was shaky at times in a hotly-contested NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers. He fumbled on the game’s first offensive play, but did make some key plays to lead a Seattle comeback. Still, as mentioned above, quarterback is a big advantage for the Broncos.

Coaching: John Fox improved to 8-4 against the spread in the playoffs with the Broncos’ win over the New England Patriots. Throughout his coaching career, he’s been able to get his teams to play at a high level in the playoffs. This will be his second time coaching in the Super Bowl. Seattle’s Pete Carroll will be making his Super Bowl debut. He did coach in two national championship games at Southern Cal. Carroll went 1-1 in those games.

Penalties: Seattle is the most penalized team in the NFL. Denver is the least penalized team in the league. Hidden yards, like penalties, become critical in tight games, like the point spread indicates this Super Bowl will be.

Efficiency: Denver leads the NFL in yards per play at 6.3. Seattle’s offense has averaged just 4.8 yards per play over its last three games.