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Seattle also brings the heat with the deepest rotation of linemen in the league, and some savvy, versatile linebackers. The Seahawks don’t take their foot off the gas, either.

For the Broncos to prosper, they’ll need a huge contribution from Knowshon Moreno and the running game. It could happen, particularly if the Seahawks are overly protective of not letting Manning get on track.

But hardly anyone dominates on the ground against Seattle.

For those who believe the Seahawks will need to light up the scoreboard to beat the Broncos, we think a couple of touchdowns and a few field goals will do the job. Silent man Marshawn Lynch running the ball in Beast Mode, and some improvisation from quarterback Russell Wilson - along with the best defense since the 2000 Ravens - will be enough.

SEAHAWKS, 23-21

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2013 RECORD: Against spread: 0-2 (118-127-7). Straight up: 1-1 (164-99-1).

Best Bet: 10-10 against spread, 16-4 straight up.

Upset special: 8-11 against spread, 5-14 straight up.

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