Redbird Rants predicts the Super Bowl
You all are used to us talking about the St. Louis Cardinals, but we are more than just baseball fans, we are sports fans and can’t resist predicting the Super Bowl.
Today , we take a break from covering our St. Louis Cardinals to bring you our predictions for the biggest football game of the year. While you are preparing your famous buffalo chicken dip, the sportswriter in all of us can’t help but think of all of the different angles in this game.
There’s the easy one of whether or not Peyton Manning is actually going to retire, and if Peyton is going to ride off into the sunset or into the arms of another desperate team like our new arch nemesis Los Angeles Rams.
While I can only wish the World Series had this much of a following every year, this is without a doubt the biggest sports event of the year. Cardinals’ fans everywhere have a prediction about this game.
So, why not throw our hat into this?
To start things off, I will go ahead with my prediction of this game. After me, the rest of the participating staff will follow suit.
One of the things I have been thinking about these past two weeks is that there hasn’t been a Super Bowl in recent years and in my memory for a long while, where there hasn’t been a clear “fan favorite”.
We’ve had the NFL contrived dynasty of the New England Patriots to root against a handful of times, the bandwagon fan base of the Seattle Seahawks to root against once, rooting against the Steelers because they’re the Steelers, and many other “easy fan angles”.
It has been very hard to pick who I want to win this game for me. I have enjoyed watching Peyton Manning throughout his career and I would be perfectly fine with him winning one more Super Bowl to add his legacy. Not that it is needed, as in my opinion he is already a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
However, on the other side of things, you have got Cam Newton. A high energy QB with enough athletic ability that would no doubt make him a five tool player if he switched sports. He is an absolute treasure to watch, and is without a doubt the NFL’s LeBron James/Mike Trout.
To see Cam’s spectacular season end without a Lombardi Trophy would be an absolute disappointment, as he has been probably the most exciting player to watch in the NFL all year. Spare me the stories of how “he dances and showboats too much”, he’s having fun and if you could play the game at such a high level as he can, you would too.
With that said, this game is going to be an interesting one. Not only do we have two great QBs in Manning and Cam, but we have two really good defenses on our hands as well. Up to the point of writing this, I am absolutely torn on my prediction, as a Cowboys fan, I have seen first hand how Demarcus Ware can change a game, add in his teammate Von Miller and you have an elite defense.
However, Cam Newton is simply playing on another level right now, and I simply cannot pick against him, no matter how good that defense of Denver is. Carolina’s defense is pretty good in and of itself, and Peyton Manning has not shown he has the zip on the ball he once had. While I think he will give it his best, I think that he will try and force it a couple times and it will cost him dearly.
So my prediction is this, Denver 21 Carolina 38. Carolina will simply be too much for Denver to handle, but it will be a close fought game until the end. I cannot wait for this matchup. MVP honors will either go to Cam Newton or Josh Norman (DB’s aways find a way to win this award).
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