Peyton Manning vs Richard Sherman Could Decide Championship
Most of the talk the next 10 days will be about Peyton Manning vs Russell Wilson. While quarterback is the most important position in football and often the team with the better quarterback wins, let’s talk about the guy who will be on the field for the Seattle Seahawks while Peyton Manning is on the field with his Denver Broncos offense. Richard Sherman vs Peyton Manning should go a long way towards deciding who wins the Super Bowl.
Manning is one of the all time greats at the position. He is certainly capable of torching any defensive back in the NFL and has done it to most of them in his long career. But on Sunday, if Sherman can have one day where he plays at his best, he could take one side of the field away from Manning. No matter how good a passer he is, if the defense knows which way he is going with the football, his job will not be easy.
A lot of fans were a bit put off by Sherman’s post game tirade which was a bit unsportsmanlike. I did not. First, the guy had just made a huge play to put his team in the Super Bowl. He had to be on quite an adrenaline high at that point. Second, to play cornerback, you had better have a lot of confidence and you better not be afraid. The guys on the other side of the line from you are talented, fast, and most have no shortage of bravado themselves. If they sense any weakness, they will eat you alive.
One thing is for sure. Sherman can play. He always seems to come up with a big interception or break up to help the Seahawks win a big game. If he can do it in the Super Bowl, there will be no doubt that he has surpassed Darrelle Revis of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the number one shutdown corner in the NFL.
many people would love nothing more than to see Manning torch him for a couple of touchdowns a week from Sunday. Manning would go about it like it’s just another day at the office, and that is fine. There’s nothing wrong with some humility. Bear Bryant, the legendary coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide would not allow his players to celebrate after a touchdown. He told them to act like they’ve done it before and they plan to do it again. I like that. But, there is also the old saying, “it ain’t bragging if it’s true.” I don’t have a problem with guys that talk, as long as they can back it up. Sherman certainly Does that.
This Super Bowl duel will be one to remember. I cannot wait for a week from Sunday.
Jim Folsom is a regular contributor to http://www.bettingsports.com