Seattle Weekly's Quick Guide to the Big Game

The Super Bowl is inescapable in Seattle. People are painting airplanes blue and green, musicians are remixing player interviews into song, and every business that knows what's good for it is offering some sort of 12th Man special. This isn't even including the suffocating media maelstrom of stories previewing the big game against the Denver Broncos this Sunday night in New Jersey. It can get a little overwhelming. Wouldn't it be nice to have a one-stop resource for brief, smart analysis on the game, something with cute illustrations and perhaps an amusing drinking game? Hey, that's what this is!

Broncos They boast a record-setting offense run by the greatest quarterback the game has ever seen—but can Peyton Manning overcome his reputation for cold-weather failures and playoff washouts? Or will “The Legion of Boom” give him yet another offseason of gloom?

Matchup to Watch All of the Broncos offense vs. all of the Seahawks defense

Denver scored more points this year than any team in NFL history—and they still have one game left. The Seahawks’ D isn’t quite as historic, but it is designed to stop an attack just like Denver’s. The Broncos’ offensive strategy is to exploit the opposing defense’s weak points. The Seahawks’ defensive philosophy is to have no weak points. Then again, Seattle’s D waits for you to make a mistake, while the Broncos’ O specializes in precision. Does defense really win championships? I guess we’ll find out.

Seahawks They’re young, fast, and ferocious—the 2013 Seahawks’ defense has not only lived up to its lofty expectations, it’s destroyed them. But does this confident, youthful team have what it takes to win it all? Or is “America’s Most Miserable Sports City” once again destined for disappointment?

Matchup to Watch Skittles vs. pot roast

The Broncos hold opponents to an NFL-low 2.84 yards per carry on runs up the middle. Why? Because of 335-pound Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton, the fulcrum of Denver’s D-line. While Knighton gets the attention of two or more large men—much like an actual pot roast—Denver’s speedy linebackers are free to attack, pouring into offensive-line gaps like gravy. Besides eating Skittles, Marshawn Lynch’s favorite hobby is running directly into large people and laughing when they try to tackle him. It’s the classic tale of the irresistible confectionery force meeting the immovable slow-cooked meat.

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