Welker says weather will not slow Broncos

Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:37pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Receiver Wes Welker arrived with his Denver team mates in wintry New Jersey on Sunday, confident that weather would not slow the Broncos' vaunted attack in the February 2 Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.

"Weather is part of what it is. And part of what football is supposed to be," Welker said about the National Football League title game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where more than a foot of snow fell earlier in the week.

"You remember growing up playing in the snow, and playing with buddies and enjoying it."

Light snow fell again on Sunday, continuing a frigid stretch of winter in the New York metropolitan area, but Welker said conditions should not impede a Denver attack that averaged nearly 38 points a game to lead the NFL in scoring.

"I've seen a lot of games where they've been able to throw for a lot of yards in bad weather," said the 10-year veteran, who played in a pair of Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and is in his first season with Denver. "I don't see that as being a problem for us.

"Just go out there and execute our plays and not worry about the weather. Just have the mindset that we're going to move the ball and score some touchdowns."

Welker is part of a top-flight group of receivers including Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and tight end Julius Thomas who helped future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning set NFL single season records for touchdown passes and yards passing.

The passing game will be put to a stern test, going against Seattle's top-ranked defense and a ball-hawking secondary that helped the Seahawks lead the league in interceptions.   Continued...

Denver Broncos head coach John Fox (R) speaks with members of the team as they arrive at the Newark International Airport to finish off their preparations for the 48th Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks, in New Jersey, January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz