Superbowl Sunday is only a few days away, and this year the Resume Genius Team is going to dive into both the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots’ football resumes and pick who we think will come away with the Lombardi Trophy. We aren’t going to look into the entire history of each franchise, but instead we’ll delve into their relevant history, much like you would do with an actual resume.
Super Bowl XLIX: the Seattle Seahawks vs. the New England Patriots
Superbowl XLIX, which is the really complicated way to write Superbowl 49, takes place Sunday, February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. It’s neutral territory, so we won’t have to take any type of home field advantage into consideration.
Also, the weather in Arizona is fairly mild, and the University of Phoenix Stadium has a retractable roof just in case the weather doesn’t want to play nice. That means there shouldn’t be any environmental advantage for either team as well.
The Seattle Seahawks
First, let’s take a look at what the Seahawks have done over the last several years.
Pretty impressive, but is it enough?
Where should we start? The Seahawks have a pretty well-rounded team. Their number one asset has to be their ridiculously stingy defense. It’s so hard to beat them because it’s nigh impossible to score on them. They only allowed a league low 15.9 points per game during the regular season, and thus far in the playoffs, they have held the Panthers to 17 and Green Bay’s high-octane O to only 22.
They also have a solid ground attack, led by Beast Mode himself. Lynch finished the regular season with 13 rushing touchdowns, which along with DeMarco Murray, was the most in the league. He added another 4 through the air. Beast Mode also finished 4th in total rushing yards, gaining 1306 though 16 games.
If you’re still not convinced about how much of a weapon Lynch is, then consider how he stepped up to the challenge and ran all over Green Bay to the tune of 157 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown for good measure. That’s a whopping 6.3 yards per carry average!
And last but not least, the Seahawks have momentum from last year. They are the defending champs, and in 48 years of Super Bowls, there have been 8 back-to-back championship teams.
Russell Wilson. Up until the Packers game, Wilson had done a great job controlling the ball throughout the season. But that changed quickly when he was picked off more than a week old scab. He redeemed himself in OT, and has proven to be a winner, but he can get flustered. Add that to the lack of an explosive passing attack, and if the Seahawks find themselves in the same kind of early hole against the Pats, the results might be much different.
The New England Patriots
Now let’s check out the Patriots’ recent accomplishments.
That’s also pretty impressive. Let’s look into that in a little more detail.
New England’s Strengths
Having a 3-time Super Bowl winner, 2-time Super Bowl MVP, 2-time league MVP and one of the coolest heads in the game under center is about as big of a strength as you could hope for. Tom Brady has shown year in and year out that he knows how to do one thing: win. Only 4 quarterbacks put up 30+ TD’s while throwing less than 10 INT’s during the regular, and Mr. Brady was on of them. (Who were the others? Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethelisberger, and Tony Romo.)
Another big thing New England has going for them is exactly what the Seahawks don’t. Brady has lots of downfield targets to hit like Gronkowski, Edleman, and LaFell. Brady and the Pats can run up the scoreboard faster than you can say Rob Gronkowski 3 times. Whether it’s due to having a nice range of talented receivers, or if it’s because Tom Brady is Tom Brady, is up to debate. Regardless, this Pats team will get theirs.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Pat’s have done one thing better than their stingy opponents. They had 25 regular season takeaways, which is 2 more than the Seahawks’ 23. New England’s ability to hold onto the ball on offense compliments their takeaways, giving them a 2nd best in the league +12 turnover differential.
New England’s Vulnerabilities
This is not the same New England defense that had them winning back-to-back championships a decade ago. They are certainly capable, helping the team as a whole to a 12 – 4 regular season record, but they are vulnerable. Though top 12 with total INT’s for the season, the defense as whole can be passed on and potentially picked apart. But, is Russell Wilson the guy to do that?
The Resume Genius Pick
After a lot of heated debate, the Resume Genius Team has officially settled on picking the next Superbowl champs. We believe that the next team to hoist the Lombardi Trophy into the air will be…
The Seattle Seahawks
Sherman, Maxwell, Chancellor, and Thomas are more than enough, as far as talent and playmaking ability, to handle Brady and his boys. We also feel that the Lynch unleash the beast and keep the ball in Seattle’s control, limiting what how many touches the Pat’s offense gets.
*Match ups to Watch:
1. Gronkowski vs. Seattle’s zone – Can Gronk terrorize the center of the field and make Seattle’s safeties look average?
2. New England’s O-line vs. Seattle’s D-line: Does NE have enough up front to put any kind of pressure on Wilson and keep Lynch in check?
That’s our pick and we’re sticking with it. Let us know below whether you agree with us or not, and why. We’re looking forward to hear your opinions.
We’d like to toss out a special thanks to ESPN for all of their awesome NFL statistics.