The 100th season of NFL football is all but ready to kick off. There will be some pretenders, some contenders and some teams that never were in the running to begin with. And just like there will be teams that will fall into all these categories, there will be fans that will be all across the board with their Super Bowl picks. So with that being said, the Super Bowl is going to Miami this year, but who will be there to play it?
For the NFC, there are a few teams that have been mentioned. The Rams and Saints are two teams that have been mentioned already as Super Bowl contenders and rightfully so. The Eagles have also been a team mentioned as a darkhorse contender. While these three teams have a very good chance and there will be others that have a chance too, there is one team in the Northwest that is geared up to make some things happen. The Seattle Seahawks may not have the traditional formula, but they have one that has worked for them in the past. With the addition of Jadeveon Clowney, the Seahawks now have a pass-rusher teams fear and gives them an even more formidable front four. Add in the rest of that defense with two Pro Bowl linebackers and a secondary low on brand names but talented, the Seahawks could dominate defensively.
As far as the offensive side of the ball, Seattle has always been at its best when they have a running game. This season, they have two backs that can get it done in Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny and if CJ Prosise can stay healthy, that gives the Seahawks that versatile back that can catch the ball and run it too. Add that running game with one of the best quarterbacks in the game in Russell Wilson and the Seahawks will give teams problems. And the crazy thing is they can be this dangerous without a consistent passing game. Having someone step up and replace Doug Baldwin's production in the passing game will be key, but even with some inconsistencies there, the Seahawks have enough to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. While everyone is thinking about the Rams in that division as the title contenders, Pete Carroll and crew could be a thorn in their side in that division and will be representing the NFC in Miami.
It seems like the AFC has been the Patriots Invitational for the longest of times. And for many, they will select the Patriots to win it all again. After all, they do have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. While those two are good for double-digit wins and a run in the playoffs, something says there will be a different team representing the AFC this year and that team will come from the AFC West. No one knew what to expect from Patrick Mahomes last year in Kansas City. Well, he lit the league up last year with weapons like wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce last season but unfortunately they did not make the Super Bowl. This season though, they do have more weapons including the recently added running back LeSean McCoy and hopefully a full-healthy Sammy Watkins at wide receiver. With all they have and the offensive genius of head coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs can definitely get it done on the offensive end to make it to Miami.
While offense may be the focus of many, the big thing in Kansas City's run to the Super Bowl will be their defense. Gone is oft-injured Eric Berry at safety and in comes the Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu. The veteran safety will be depended on heavily to captain their secondary that struggled last season and make some game-changing plays. And up front, the Chiefs are counting Frank Clark, whom they traded for from the Seahawks this offseason, to be their lead edge pass-rusher. Bringing him in to pair with Chris Jones will be huge for the Chiefs and eventually will be enough to lead them to the Super Bowl should the inside linebackers hold up.
There it is. For the Super Bowl, the Chiefs and Seahawks will be tangling in Miami. Agree? Disagree? Got another suggestion? Drop your opinion in the comments section.