Andy Cohen’s column on Dolphins.com appears at 6 a.m. every weekday from training camp through the season and when events warrant during the offseason. Occasionally, like today, Andy will provide six things to think about. Thus, the title, “Six at Six.”
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1. Can it really get any better than the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense? This has the makings of a classic matchup. Seattle’s defense is too good to be pushed around by Denver’s offense and Denver’s offense is too talented to be dominated by Seattle’s defense. Something has to give. This game, I believe, we will come down to a late fourth quarter drive, as it rightfully should.
2. The only thing that can ruin this matchup is the weather. I’m a staunch advocate of playing the Super Bowl in warm weather cities. I understand the thinking behind New York, but I truly hope it is a one-and-done there. The spotlight is too large, the importance too great, to risk an outcome decided by the elements.
4. Former Miami Herald Sports Editor Edwin Pope will miss his first Super Bowl on Sunday, having covered all 47 previous games. Pope, 85, was one of the few with that rare distinction. Nobody has written more columns on the Dolphins than Pope and you’ll have to search hard to find a kinder, more thoughtful man. The Dolphins press box is appropriately named in his honor. Here’s hoping he starts a new streak next year.
5. Here’s also hoping that new Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey carefully evaluates how both the Broncos and Seahawks were built. The draft. Free agency. Trades. You see the influence of all three on both rosters and they are certainly two franchises that could serve as learning tools.
6. So who’s going to win the Brrrrrrrr Bowl? I’ve gone back and forth on this, but I really believe the most impactful player in this game remains Peyton Manning. Despite the cold, despite the wind, despite a Seattle defense unlike any defense he has seen this season – or in some time – I just have a gut feeling that Manning will come up with the biggest of plays at the important of times. Denver 23, Seattle 17.
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