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Whatever 'Omaha' means, Seahawks don't care

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2013, file

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2013, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) shouts to the sidelines in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Denver. The sound of Manning barking “Omaha! Omaha!” is picked up by a tiny microphone in an offensive lineman’s pads so it can be broadcast to the world. In an age of enormous high-definition televisions and games streamed to tablets and smartphones, audio seems almost quaint. Yet TV executives have made it a major focus in recent years, for the exact reason so many people are fascinated by the Broncos quarterback’s audibles.(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Credit: AP

RENTON, Wash. -- The game will come down to Denver vs. Seattle, but don’t count out Omaha.

That city, of course, has gained some measure of national recognition this month as the favorite check of Peyton Manning, who routinely barks the word at the line of scrimmage dozens of times each game. The Seahawks defense, though, says it isn’t going to fall for it. Rather than try to figure out what Omaha means, they’ll ignore it.

“I feel like there’s no Omaha code,” cornerback Richard Sherman said. “I feel like he might be just throwing it out there. He says it so much, it has to be talking to one player or something crazy like that. I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to break the Omaha code.”

Fellow cornerback Walter Thurmond also pooh-poohed the idea that Omaha is some kind of oracle to the Broncos’ offense.

“It’s to get defenders second-guessing themselves from what’s actually going on instead of just playing football,” he said. “A lot of that talking is just for show. I think you just line up and go play football at the end of the day. There’s no need to [panic] because he changed something. Well, you don’t know what the play was in the first place! What do you think they’re going to change to? It’s mind-boggling how that situation influences a lot of players.”

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