Super Bowl 2014: Broncos could be defined by common games

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone wants to work out who will win, and Mile High Report may have found one key.

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Two more sleeps remain until the Super Bowl and at this point the matchup between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks has been dissected, bisected and analyzed close to the point of excess.

Everyone wants to know how the game will end up without needing to wait. Picking through advanced metrics looking for the key is fine, but Mile High Report took a different approach by reducing the Super Bowl to its simplest element: How did the two sides do with common opponents? It's a game of rock, paper, scissors that gives some insight into where these teams succeeded and failed.

There are a lot of factors that go into evaluating a common game matchup. Were the teams at full strength? Did each side operate how they prefer or was it impacted by something an opponent did? Mile High Report looked at it all, and the end result might be a touch surprising.

So where does this leave us? Well, it leaves us with a score of two pushes, one advantage to Seattle and two advantages to Denver. There you have it folks. If we can take anything away from common opponents and how these teams played them, Denver wins a narrow battle.

Take a trip over to Mile High Report and give each matchup a read. It's fascinating to see how the Broncos' defense adjusted to some defensive struggles and still found ways to compete on that side of the ball. This will be key to the Super Bowl in a game that will likely be defined by how well each team can stop each other.

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