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Super Bowl XLVIII Prediction: Why Manning And the Broncos Will Raise The Lombardi

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Sunday night could not come soon enough for the Broncos and their fans, as Denver will play in their first Super Bowl since the days of John Elway in 1998.

It’s been 15 long years, and finally the team is back in the big game, and it’s against a team in Seattle that will give the Broncos one heck of a fight.

Seattle has the number one defense in the league, while the Broncos have the number one ranked offense. It should be one heck of a fight.

Today we do what so many have done before us – we give our pick for the game in New Jersey, and why we think it will go that way.

1. A Determined Peyton – Sure Peyton Manning isn’t talking about his future and the possibility of walking away if the team wins Sunday, but Manning is well aware the window is closing, and he is determined to make sure that the team does everything they can to win this game. If there’s a QB that will pick apart a good secondary, it’s Manning. Look for a patient start as he feels out the Seattle secondary, and then once he knows the weak spots, he will do what he does best – take some shots downfield and find his open pass catchers.

2. A Physical Front Four
– The Broncos have to make sure to keep a spy on Russell Wilson, as we saw in the NFC Title game he can take off and get huge chunks of yatrds. Keeping Wilson in the pocket is going to be important, and it’s going to be up to the big bodies up front for the Broncos to make sure he doesn’t pull the ball down on passing plays and start running all over the place.

3. Stay Within the Moment – Seattle has not one player on the team with any Super Bowl experience, and it’s going to be a factor in this game, more so early when both teams are trying to get their feet wet. Wilson could be one player that has issues early getting settled in, and that’s a great time for the Broncos D to step up and make him feel every hit.

Prediction: I love the matchup of Manning against a Seattle D that hasn’t seen a Super Bowl before. The Broncos have a general under center, and his presence early in the game can get Denver going in the right direction. I don’t expect to see much from the Denver run game, but Manning can make up for it with his underneath routes and making sure he’s careful with the ball not to make mistakes that can give the Seahawks sort fields.

Special teams also could be a key, and I like the Broncos in that department as well. With all those factors in place, look for the Broncos to be able to hoist the Lombardi with Manning walking out of MetLife Stadium being the MVP. Denver 34 Seattle 26

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