If you take a look at Super Bowl history, then you’ll understand that defense wins it all. It was evident last year with the Seattle Seahawks as they overpowered the mighty Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos. The Legion of Boom will try once again against the New England Patriots this coming Sunday for Super Bowl XLIX to defend their title. It’s simple, the team with the best defense will raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy. We’re going to take a look at a performer from each defensive squad that will make an immediate impact come Super Bowl Sunday.
Of course, the Seahawks take the crown for the best defense in the league and they proved that last year and followed through this season. The main performer and catalyst for the Seahawks will be their strong safety Kam Chancellor. Known as the enforcer on the squad, Chancellor will look to shake up Tom Brady‘s and Rob Gronkowski‘s worlds. The main question is will Chancellor line up against Gronk? Most definitely, because Chancellor’s physique matches up to Gronk and he possesses the speed.
Standing tall at 6’3 and weighing in at 232 pounds, Chancellor is no doubt an enforcer. In Seattle’s Legion of Boom, Chancellor leads the way and was also a top performer in last year’s Super Bowl that rattled around wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. The enforcer has collected a total of 13 tackles this postseason and notched up 60 for the regular season.
With recent injuries to corner back Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas, Chancellor has to be the game changer for his squad. Even though it looks like Sherman and Thomas will play you can’t rely on them to play their usual game. If Chancellor makes an impact early and scares Brady, Seattle has the edge.
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Now on the flip side, the Patriots were never really known for their impressive defensive numbers. They’re really known for their three Super Bowls that Brady and head coach Bill Belichick won, almost by themselves.
Everyone expects the Patriots to put on a performance because they’re gritty, experienced, and needless to say–cocky. As for their defensive unit, the potential player to make an impact is none other than Darrelle Revis.
He is by far the talented player on that defensive unit along with Brandon Browner, but Revis has more to prove. Finally, Revis has gotten his chance to play for a Super Bowl, so expect him to make an immediate impact. Revis had a solid year tallying up 47 tackles, one forced fumble and two interceptions.
Revis also fits in Belichick’s system where the secondary gets blitz happy. This system was vital for the Patriots in their past Super Bowl victories, so when you have a talent like Revis–blitz all you can. The only question that remains for Revis is will he get Super Bowl jitters? Even though he’s the best at what he does, he’s also a rookie in the Super Bowl. If Revis holds it down early and makes Seattle’s quarterback Russell Wilson scramble around then you should see one or two picks in this match-up.
In this Super Bowl, it will be a battle between the secondaries. Both are very strong and dangerous, so which ever one gains momentum will ultimately come out on top. If history has taught us anything, it’s defense ultimately wins championships.