It's odd that a player who has had almost no effect on the Seattle Seahawks this year is drawing so much attention, but Percy Harvin has been a hot topic lately. Harvin has played in just two games for the Seahawks this season, with one catch in the regular season and another three catches in the playoffs.
Harvin should absolutely get the attention he's been getting. He's a quick-twitch receiver with game-breaking speed and plenty of versatility on offense. Paired with a quarterback such as Russell Wilson, the possibility of a big gain exists on every snap.
Wherever he lines up, there's a threat. If he goes for an end-around, defenses have to account for it, which presents a great play-action opportunity for Wilson. If he lines up in the slot, the opposing defense will have to bring a nickel corner onto the field and if he lines up outside, the defense had better have a safety deep.
Nobody really knows what Harvin will actually bring to the table when the Seahawks play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, but head coach Pete Carroll announced on Friday that Harvin would not be limited in the game and would be able to play at 100 percent. What does that mean? The Broncos will have to spend the next week asking the same question.
Lines and such
The Broncos are favored to win the Super Bowl and have been since a ton of early money came in on them in the betting. But more than that, Peyton Manning is, as expected, the favorite to win the Super Bowl MVP Award. He's at 11/10, with teammates Demaryius Thomas, Knowshon Moreno and Wes Welker at much longer odds of 20/1 each. The highest odds for the Seahawks: quarterback Russell Wilson, at 7/2 odds, with Marshawn Lynch at 4/1.
Goodell, Revis talk Sherman
There's about as much talk of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman as the Super Bowl itself. But Sherman is drawing negative attention for his antics on and off the field. He has his detractors and he has a slew of people who love him as well. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell? He just wants Sherman to "present himself in the best possible way, and make sure that he's reflecting on himself and his family in a positive way."
Fellow cornerback Darrelle Revis says that he's the best cornerback in the league, not Sherman. Then again, Revis recognizes that all cornerbacks should feel that way, saying "I'm saying I'm the best, Joe Haden thinks he's the best. You can go by numbers, you can go by the ball not being thrown to your side so many times, there are so many variables in it. But at the same time, we are all talented players."
We know about the crazy prop bets some have discussed to this point -- whether or not Knowshon Moreno will cry during the anthem or whether or not Manning will say "Omaha!" for instance -- but there is one that is a staple year-in and year-out: the coin toss. Super Bowl coin flips have been split virtually 50-50, but that doesn't stop a ton of action coming in on the bet. Will heads win again!?
Experience on Denver's side
The Broncos as an organization have been to more Super Bowls than the Seahawks, and with two Lombardi trophies, they have two more wins in the big game. The Seahawks have been there just once, a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005. But more than that, the Broncos also have four players on the roster who have been to the Super Bowl before, while the Seahawks don't have a single player to have that distinction. It's the game with the fewest number of players with championship experience since 1982, but Denver does have the slight edge.
Both the Broncos and Seahawks are relatively healthy at this point, but there are some big names on the injury report. Broncos kicker Matt Prater, for instance, is listed as questionable due to an illness after missing practice on Thursday and Friday.
Moreno was listed as questionable with a ribs injury after being limited in practice for all three days this week. Broncos fans should not worry, however, as there is another week of practices and injury reports next week. Expect both of those players to end up probable or off the injury report altogether in the end.
Number of interest: 64
At the time of writing this post, 64 percent of the bets coming in on the line -- Denver favored at -2.5 -- were on the Broncos. Fifty-five percent of the betting for the under on the total -- 47.5 -- also is coming in on Denver, according to OddsShark. That's a healthy chunk of the betting in favor of the Broncos.