One of the key matchups in the Groundhog Day Super Bowl — Feb. 2 — will be whether or not the Denver Broncos defence can put the brakes on the running game of the Seattle Seahawks, specifically Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch has been an absolute beast in both playoff games this season and will be the Seahawks go-to guy in the Super Bowl.
Not only is a proficient running game a key component of Seattle’s balanced offence, but in pounding the ball on the ground the Seahawks will also be able to keep it out of the hands of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.
The less time that Manning is on the field can only benefit Seattle’s cause.
During the regular season, few teams were able to contain Lynch and the Seattle running game. Overall they were fourth in the league in rushing.
Stopping the run, however, is the strength of the Denver defence as overall they were eighth against the run as opposed to 25th against the pass.