It's hard to say who is going to win the Super Bowl this Sunday. Vegas likes the Denver Broncos over the Seattle Seahawks by a point or two, though Super Bowl favorites haven't exactly fared well of late. There is no question who is having more fun, however. Everyone connected with the Seahawks -- players, coaches, fans, etc. -- seems to be doing a better job than their Broncos counterparts of getting into the spirit of the big, exciting game that will be taking place in New Jersey this Sunday.
Have you checked out SB Nation's #lookit section? You should really check out SB Nation's #lookit section. If you weren't bumbling around the Internet Thursday, you might have missed a lot of little things that would have been made your day a lot better. They ranged from heart-warming (Derrick Coleman surprising hearing-impaired twins who wrote him a letter) to silly (Seahawks crane demolishes Denver For Bronco) to really, really cool (Boeing test flight paints a '12' on Washington) and they all featured the Seahawks being lovable.
Did the Broncos fanbase do anything cool Thursday? Well, did they? This is a serious question. I fully realize that excellent things often escape under radar in today's fickle viral culture. Where I sit, the Seahawks and fans have way more style points, and contrary to popular belief, that matters.*
(*It doesn't matter.)
Sticking with the (entirely unfair) theme of the Broncos being boring old codgers, it was somewhat disappointing to see Peyton Manning decide to ignore Richard Sherman's bait after the cornerback said that the quarterback "throws ducks," albeit accurate and timely ducks. Manning responded to the comments ... by agreeing. Via the Washington Post:
"I believe it to be true as well. I don't think that's a real reach what he's saying. I've thrown a lot of yards and touchdowns with ducks. I'm actually quite proud of it."
It's a lot to ask Manning to start throwing down fighting words, especially a few days before the Super Bowl, I suppose. Oh well.
Percy Harvin is perhaps the biggest unknown between both teams heading into the Super Bowl. The explosive wideout has appeared in just two games this season, and has yet to last four consecutive quarters. He may be the most dynamic player on the field if 100 percent healthy, however, and every indication is that he will play Sunday after sitting out against the San Francisco 49ers with a concussion.
Harvin's lack of playing time means the Broncos have little scouting material. Here's Broncos defensive back Quentin Jammer, via Pro Football Talk:
"We don't really have a lot of film on him," Jammer said on Wednesday. "We do know that he can line up in multiple positions. He can hurt teams from all of those positions so I think we'll start to prepare for him on kickoff and punt return because that's usually the first place he makes his mark, is on kickoff. So we've got to make sure we get him stopped on kickoff, but as a receiver, he's just an explosive guy."
For someone who hates interacting with the media, Marshawn Lynch has been especially quotable throughout this week. After giving the world "I'm just 'bout that action, boss" on Media Day, he gave us this on Thursday:
Marshawn Lynch asked about coach Tom Cable: "Being from Oakland all I knew about him is he punched people. That's my kind of person." #SBSMG— Jim Corbett (@ByJimCorbett) January 30, 2014
And the PFWA is upset that Lynch doesn't give them anything?
Being a backup in the NFL, or any big-time sports league, is a strange thing. While you can confidently say you're among the best in the world at what you do -- Tarvaris Jackson is one of the 64 best quarterbacks right now, at least, and that's amazing -- your existence is still taken for granted. No matter your skill set, fans, for the most part, would rather you be neither seen nor heard.
Jackson gave a very sobering look into the life of a No. 2 quarterback in preparation for the Super Bowl speaking with the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
While most of his teammates and coaches were surrounded by reporters on Wednesday morning, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson sat on the floor, back against a wall, playing with his phone.
"It's been cool," he said of his week so far. "Just chilling, not doing too much. Being bored, pretty much. I don't have a lot to do."
There wasn't much to report for either team following Thursday's practices. Only one player, Broncos defensive tackle Sione Fua, did not practice. Lynch was held out of practice Wednesday, though he has regularly taken an extra day of rest throughout the season. He returned as a full participant Thursday.
Barring any surprises, it appears both teams will be at relatively full strength for the Super Bowl.
Number of interest: 4
As in verticals. Bronco Mike at Broncos blog Mile High Report broke down how Denver can beat Seattle's vaunted Cover 3, and at the top of the list was simply sending everyone deep. Someone should be open, and if anyone can find him, it's Manning. The only question is whether his "duck" arm can deliver the ball.
Then again, Earl Thomas has had a habit of making seam routes disappear this season. Be sure to check out Danny Kelly's profile of Seattle's secondary for more X's and O's.