Jason A. Churchill
Jason joined 1090 The Fan after 4 1/2 years at ESPN Insider, covering Major League Baseball, the MLB Draft, as well as college football and basketball. Churchill founded Prospect Insider in 2006 where he remains the executive editor and publisher.
The Seattle Seahawks now boast two Super Bowl teams. Which one comes out on top in The Tale of the Tape?
Las Vegas sets the numbers, but we dissect them. Steve Sandmeyer, Bill Swartz and Jason A. Churchill each describe what they see taking place at MetLife Stadium Sunday, through a slew of prop bets, and a final pick for the winner of the game.
We’re boring down on February, the free agent market for hitters has nearly dried up entirely and the Mariners continue to be tied to Nelson Cruz. Why? Maybe because the reporters are just connecting dots; the Mariners need offense and Cruz and Morales are two of the very best options available that could make some kind of difference. Maybe the Mariners have legitimate interest in Cruz. Why? I haven’t the foggiest.
While some analysts, beat reporters and columnists in the country attempt to explain why the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl simply because it’s “Peyton Manning’s moment,” or because “great defense beats a great offense every time,” I’m sticking to real life. That means I’m considering only tangible reasons why one team may have an advantage over the other.
It’s a tough call in the NFC Championship Game between the Seahawks and 49ers, but there’s one factor that tips the scales.
Steve Sandmeyer and Jason A. Churchill pick the props for the NFC Championship Game.
Yes, the two teams are similar. No, they aren’t exactly the same, and neither is the checklist of what each team needs to do to come out the victor and book their trip to East Rutherford for the Super Bowl.
The Seahawks have a scheme for Kaepernick, and it’s quite simple: Be someone you’re not. Meaning, Kaepernick will have to make plays with his arm against a full slate of defenders, which puts his accuracy and decision-making to the test.
San Francisco possesses a fast defense; their ends are fast, their linebackers are fast and despite not having the All-Pro secondary the Seahawks boast, they, too, can run and cover ground. Giving them more ground to cover is large advantage to Wilson and the Seahawks.
At home, Seattle has a unique and decided edge that has led them to victories in 15 of their last 16 games, and five in a row in the postseason.