By Jay P. Granat, Ph.D.
The big game is a few days away and there is plenty of hype, hoopla and excitement about this year's match up between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.
Sports pundits and sports fans are talking a lot about the Seattle defense and Payton Manning's record breaking season. They are also considering how cold weather might impact the game.The odds makers have made the Broncos at two and a half point favorite at the time that this column is being written.
My pal, colleague, quant expert and coauthor of one of my books, Who Will Win The Big Game: The 50 Characteristics Of Championship Teams, Coaches And Athletes, tells me that a lot of the data favor the Seattle Seahawks.
And the Seahawks fine coach, the powerful running game and dynamic quarterback make them a very fine football squad.
And while I placed a wager on the Seahawks to win it all when I was in Las Vegas, ten months ago, I think "Payton Manning will hit pay dirt in this year's Super Bowl."
I have been watching football for more time and for more years than my wife wants to think about and I have never seen a quarterback throw the ball so consistently and so efficiently as Payton Manning is throwing it now.
The offensive line seems to give Payton all the time he needs to deliver a short pass, medium length pass or long pass. He is making every throw.
Manning and the Broncos are also coming off a very fine performance against the Patriots. This dominating performance should give the Broncos some positive momentum coming into this week's big game.
In addition, he does some very unique things when he is running the offense. His ability to read defenses, change plays and get rid of the ball very quickly sets him apart from most of the quarterbacks in the league.
Payton Manning can create a great deal of illusion, which, in my view, can unsettle even Pete Carroll's super defense.
Also, I believe that Manning has additional motivation because winning another Super Bowl will cause people to view him as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
So, the team from the Mile High City, which now may have many mile high fans as a result of the legalization of marijuana, will probably have a lot to celebrate on Sunday night.
Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, author and founder of http://www.StayInTheZone.com. He has appeared in many major media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Good Morning America. Dr. Granat writes a weekly column for five newspapers and had developed many sport psychology and peak performance programs. Golf Digest named him one of America's Top Mental Gurus. He is available for seminars and for coaching. He can be reached at 888 580-ZONE or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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