Here are some Dick Fainian stats that may or may not be relevant to the game on Sunday but you can decide which ones are or aren't!
How have these teams fared vs. playoff teams
Denver (6-3) 30.6-24.2 average score vs. Playoff teams.
Seattle (5-2)- 23.7-14.5 average score vs. Playoff teams
If those exact averages play out Sunday, Seattle wins…24-23 Which I think is interesting since Predicitionmachine.com simulated the game 50,000 times and the average final was 24-22 Seattle.
Denvers Pass D is porous
Denver Pass D vs .500 or better teams-
Philly- Vick/Foles- 17/31 297 1td 0int
Balt- Flacco- 34/62 362 2td 2int
Dall- Romo- 25/36 506 5tds 1int
Ind- Luck- 21/38 228 3tds 0int
SD- Rivers- 19/29 218yds 1td 0int
KC- Smith- 21/45 230yds 2tds 0int
NE- Brady- 34/50 344 3td 0int
KC- Smith- 26/42 293yds 2td 1int
SD- RIvers- 12/20 166yds 2td 0int
NE- Brady 24/38 277 1td 0int 94rating
SD- Rivers 18/27 217 2t 0int 116rating
Total- 255/418 3138yds 24tds 4ints
average- 23/38 285yds 2.2tds .36ints 99passer rating
Russell Wilson vs. .500 or better teams
Car- 25/33 320 1td 0tint
SF 8/19 142 1td 1int
Ind 15/31 210 2td 1int
Ari 18/29 235 3td 0int
StL 10/18 139 2td 0int
NO 22/30- 310 3td 0int
SF 15/25 199yd 1td 1int
Ari 11/27 108 1td 1int
StL 15/23 172 1td 0int
NO- 9/18 103 0td 0int
SF 16/25 215 1td 0int
Total- 164/278 2153 yds 16tds 4ints
Avg- 15/25 196yds 1.4tds .36int 97 rating
If those averages play out on Sunday Russell will go 19/32 241yds 2tds 0int (104 rating)
c) Some other stats nuggets
i. Hawks #1 in NFL with 201 QB pressures- 8th in sacks. Broncos #1 in league at protecting the QB
ii. The Denver Broncos will have statistically the worst defense the Seattle Seahawks have faced since mid-November…since then they have faced Saints X2 (4th), 49ers X2 (5th), Cardinals (6th), Giants (8th), Rams (15th).
iii. Peyton Manning: 4th QB in SB era to win Conf. Champ. after leading NFL in Pass yds & Pass TD, joining Marino (1984), Warner(2001) & Brady (2007). All 3 lost Super Bowl
iv. Broncos- First team ever with 5 players with double digit TD's
v. Hawks First team since 85 Bears to lead in PPG, YPG, takeaways
vi. Manning is 8-11 in outdoor games with a kickoff of 40 degrees or lower and 4-7 when when kickoff is 32 or lower.
vii. Manning 1td 6ints when facing the #1 ranked defense in the league in the playoffs outdoors. (this will be 3rd game)b) Record 21,000 at fanfest- how do they do it?
viii. Seahawks are 1st Super Bowl team since '90 Bills without a single player with previous Super Bowl experience.
ix. The Broncos led the NFL with 2,583 yards after the catch this season. The Seahawks allowed a league-low 1,275 yards after the catch.
x. The Broncos will wear orange in the SB. They have worn orange in 3 of their previous 6 SB appearances - losing them all by avg. of 31.3 PPG
xi. Russell Wilson: 27-9 as starter, tying Ben Roethlisberger for most wins by a QB in his first 2 seasons in the Super Bowl era
xii. Russell Wilson is averaging 159 pass yds per game this postseason, 4th fewest by a QB entering the SB in last 20 years (H/T @EliasSports)
xiii. Strenght of schedule-
Seattle 10th hardest 130-122 .516 (all 4 NFC West teams in the top 10,
Denver- easiest 110-146 (.430)…All 4 AFC west teams in bottom 7.
the unit that makes the difference
Russells game will be 19/32 241yds 2td 0int- 104 rating Player we will be talking about
Who has to have a great game?
Do we trust Pete with our life in his hands? Softy freaking about the Lombardi
"they have to play us too" How good is this defense historically
Pressure on Manning- #1 pressure defense vs. #1 OL in avoiding sacks
What do we expect out of Percy?
a) Hawks d in comparison to the greats of the last 40 years
Top Defenses since merger in 1970…First number is points allowed per game, Second number is the average points allowed in the NFL that season…the final number is the difference between the two to determine a ranking of teams across the era.
1. 2000- Ravens- 10.3ppg- 20.7avg= -10.4ppg…
2. 1971 Vikings- 9.9ppg- 19.4ppg= -9.5ppg…
3. 2001- Bucs- 12.3ppg - 21.7avg= -9.4ppg…
4. 1985 Bears- 12.4ppg- 21.5avg= -9.1ppg…
5. 2013- Seahawks- 14.4ppg- 23.4ppg= -9ppg…
6. 1973 Dolphins- 10.7ppg- 19.5avg= -8.8ppg….
7. 1976 Steelers- 9.8ppg- 18.3avg= -8.5ppg…
8. 2008- Steelers- 13.9ppg- 22ppg= -8.1ppg…
9. 1975 Rams- 12.6ppg- 20.6avg= -8.0ppg…
10. 1977 Broncos- 9.3ppg- 17.2avg- -7.9ppg…