I’m not the biggest fan of cheesy, happy-ending movies. They are often watered down and predictable. But for some crazy reason, I believe Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will pull out a win on Super Bowl Sunday. This is probably one of the first times in his career that Manning has been viewed as such a big underdog, and for good reason after a horrid regular season full of injuries and interceptions.
But the future hall of famer has brought some magic back in the postseason, and I believe he has one more solid performance in his pocket before retiring and going out on top — much like Tony La Russa did with the St. Louis Cardinals after winning the 2011 World Series.
Cam Newton has been absolutely incredible for the Carolina Panthers though, and he won’t make it the least bit easy for the Broncos. Newton is a dynamic player and his time will undoubtedly come. This morning on Mike & Mike I heard that teams that had the No. 1 ranked defense are 9-2 in Super Bowl history.
That has to bode well for Denver. Still, the Panthers had the best offense in the NFL averaging a league-leading 31.2 points per game and are beating opponents by 20.5 points so far in the postseason, so something will have to give.
I’ve got Denver edging Cam and the Panthers 27-24 and Peyton Manning further cementing his place among the greats. Either way, this will likely be Manning’s “last rodeo.” We’ll see if he can ride it out.
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