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Super Bowl XLVIII: Broncos Favored Against League’s Best Defense

By Scott Taylor and Dave Petrishen

Will Russell Wilson win it with his legs? Will Richard Sherman and Co. shut down Peyton Manning? Will the Denver receivers rip it up? Will Marshawn Lynch run wild?

It’s the first outdoor “cold weather” Super Bowl and all of those questions will be answered by Sunday night.

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

On Sunday, the AFC champion Denver Broncos will face the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. With the temperature expected to be about 3-C at game time (Canadians simply call that kind of weather “spring”) weather won’t have as much impact on the outcome as people might think.

Fact is, this game will be a good one: It might even be great. It’s all about Peyton Manning and his high-powered offense against the Seahawks’ Legion of Doom.

And we have to say, “that’s it.” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll says his defense needs to force Manning to go to his second and third receivers and his rushers must get a couple of sacks. If the Seahawks can’t rattle Manning, the best quarterback in the NFL could tear them to pieces.

Meanwhile, Seattle won’t score a lot. Even with a healthy Percy Harvin, the Seahawks will put up 20-28 points so they must hold the Broncos to one of their lowest outputs of the season.

It’s simple. It’s the Seattle D against Manning and the Broncos high-powered offense. But like every other big game, turnovers will play a major role in the outcome.

Heading into Sunday’s big game – the first ever Pot Bowl between teams from two states that have legalized marijuana — the Coach has already won our Super Bowl. In the Conference final, Dr. Football went 1-1 straight up (157-93) and 1-1 against the spread (122-128) while the Coach went 1-1 straight up (160-90) and 1-1 against the spread (130-120).

This week, the Doc writes up our little prediction while the Coach gets set for the Siku Glacier Ice Vodka Super Bowl Sunday Party featuring the legends of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Winnipeg’s four Pony Corral Restaurants.

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks (15-3) vs. AFC Champion Denver Broncos (15-3) 
Line: Broncos by 2.0

Now they say that defense wins the big games, and in most cases that’s true, but this is Peyton’s year, and we’re all just hanging on for the ride. The Seahawks will be back next February, but will walk out of Met Life stadium without the win. The Coach says: This is going to be great: Peyton Manning against the best defensive secondary in football. So guess what? Turnovers will be the key to the outcome.



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