Throwdown Primer – BIG GAME EDITION! Your Final Breakdown of Today’s Game Only Boosts!

I cant believe the last game of the year is today. The Super Bowl is a huge deal, but I am so sad that this is it for 2014. Over the last year, I have posted my thoughts on just about every one of the many throwdowns that have gone on, and now is time to close out the year.

Here are my thoughts on today’s Super Bowl, and how I think the game only boosts are going to play out.

Tom Brady – Patriots 30x

Funny how we have gone from 3x at the beginning of the season to 30x now. Brady is going to have his work cut out for him, but with Seattle’s main defensive stars being injured and banged up, it might play right into his hand.

Verdict: Vital Piece

Russell Wilson – Seahawks 30x

If you look at his performance in the championship game, it might have been the worst game of his career and he still won. With the defense nicked up, that is not going to be a possibility today. He will need to play lights out to win, and he is a guy that has done that many times. He didnt play great in the last Super Bowl, but definitely had a good game. He will need to go higher this time around.

Verdict: Vital Piece

Legarrette Blount – Patriots 30x

If there is one player I have zero confidence in, its Blount. Even with Belichick at the helm, I would guess Vereen gets more looks in the passing game than he gets in the running game. Belichick never plays to the strengths of the defense, and Blount is going to fall victim.

Verdict: Low Priority

Marshawn Lynch – Seahawks 30x

Im curious to see how he plays, as the Patriots are no pushovers in the running game during the playoffs. He could have a monster game, as the Pats had a bit of a soft spot during the year when stopping the run. Pick him up for sure.

Verdict: Vital Piece

Rob Gronkowski – Patriots 30x

On Saturday, he won the comeback player of the year, and for good reason. He was a monster, and he deserved the credit. I think that the Seahawks are the one team that can line up against him with success, but Earl Thomas is among the medically impaired this week. Gronk should play well if Brady plays well

Verdict: Vital Piece

Luke Willson – Seahawks 30x

Its going to be a long game and a lot of drives that end in punts or turnovers. Those are the games that Luke Willson always seems to be the survivor that comes out the other end with some huge catches.

Verdict: Worth Picking Up

Julian Edelman – Patriots 30x

When playing in big games, Edelman can disappear and that is a little scary. The thing is, Richard Sherman is going to be hurt, as is Kam Chancellor. This could me a little bit looser around the edges, and Edelman could excel.

Verdict: Worth Picking Up

Doug Baldwin – Seahawks 30x

There are a few players for the Seahawks that could mean the difference between winning and losing, and oddly enough, Baldwin is near the top of the list. He made some bone headed plays in the NFC title game, but also had a game saving reception. Baldwin NEEDS to step up with the physical Pats corners. The problem is that he may only have one big play, thus making this card less valuable.

Verdict: Worth Picking Up

Darrelle Revis – Patriots 30x

Defense is just too tough to play in Huddle, unless they create turnovers. Revis is more a blanket guy who prevents the QB from wanting to throw that direction. In that respect, I am not one to want to chase this card.

Verdict: Low Priority

Richard Sherman – Seahawks 30x

Sherman has had a pick in each of the last two games. I do not expect that to happen again, but crazier things have happened. Sherman has an elbow issue that could prevent him from being the physical bump and run type guy he has always been. Could mean that Brady can pick them apart more easily.

Verdict: Low Priority

Guys, that’s it. Thank you so much for checking in every Thursday and Monday, and I wish you all the best of luck. This is the one time everyone in Huddle should play along, and hopefully you will all have that opportunity.

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