January 10, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerbackRichard Sherman
(25) reacts after free safetyEarl Thomas
(29) intercepts a pass against the Carolina Panthers during the first half in the 2014 NFC Divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
3. The Legion Of Boom vs. Patriots Receivers
The Seahawks secondary proudly holds the nickname, The Legion of Boom. When at full strength the LOB is the most formidable position group in football. With the health of Thomas and the ever so boastful Richard Sherman in question (both were banged up a bit in the NFC Championship Game), the Patriots may think about testing the Seahawks greatest strength.
Sherman and Thomas are expected to play. Sherman sprained his elbow in the championship game. Regardless, Sherman is the best cornerback in football because he shuts down an entire half of the football field. Some top corners will line up according to where the best receiver is but Sherman sticks to his side. This won’t be much of a problem on Super Bowl Sunday as the Patriots don’t really have a true No. 1 receiver anyway.
If Sherman plays at a high level, the Patriots are in trouble. Its not as if they can just throw at the other side exclusively, Byron Maxwell is a pretty good cornerback in his own right. The Seahawks will play tight to the Patriots receivers in man coverage, much of the ball game.
Brady will have his work cut out for him, trying to get the ball to Brandon Lafell and Julian Edelman. Expect the Patriots to use crossing routes and bunched formations to attack the man coverage. The Patriots will also want to get their running backs involved in the passing game, which could mean a huge day for Shane Vereen.
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