Super Bowl 51 Preview/Predictions
Super Bowl 51 is right around the corner. Nearly two weeks ago, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots tore apart the Pittsburgh Steelers, advancing to their 7th Super Bowl since 2001. Meanwhile, Matt Ryan and the red-hot Atlanta Falcons exposed the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship. Matt Ryan, the likely NFL MVP for the 2016 season, has been playing lights out this season despite recent criticism. Will this game be Tom Brady’s last if he wins, similar to Peyton Manning last year? Or, will Matt Ryan completely change his legacy by beating one of the all-time greats? Both teams have been playing their best in each of their playoff games. Will either team be able to stop the other’s high powered offense? Which team will go home as Super Bowl Champions? Let’s breakdown this game and give our predictions!
Denver Broncos vs Carolina Panthers
Number 1 defense vs Number 1 offense.
Peyton’s potential last ride vs Cam’s first dance
Why I Would Pick Denver:
The defense is spectacular. The Broncos in my opinion have four starting OLBs. Their depth is insane on that front seven. Peyton obviously has been studying all day and night for this game. He is going to know what the Panthers are going to do on every formation and route they show. Peyton will have the thirst for going out on top as will Demarcus Ware. Von Miller is looking for a big pay day and a huge Super Bowl day will only help that. The only thing lacking is the run game. I do not think the Broncos will be able to lean on that, but it could be opened with some short dumpoffs, screens, and short passes. If the Broncos can keep the game manageable with short fields and get pressure on Cam. I think the game is theirs.
Why I Would Pick Carolina:
All year they proved they were the best. They have pretty much dominated (at least a half) every playoff game. They can create turnovers and Kuechly is a huge key. He is the best cover linebacker in the game right now. Cam has the big play potential every snap. Cam has been getting results with a very lacking receiver core. These guys are hungry to prove they are the best. The only thing holding them back is Cam’s completion percentage and lack of experience.
My Gut Feeling:
Peyton wants so bad to go out on top. Broncos by a touchdown.
My Researched Opinion:
The Panthers are on a tear. Panthers by two touchdowns.
My Final Prediction:
50% Peyton Manning predicted stats: 24/38, 259 yds, 2 tds, 1 int
40% Demarcus Ware predicted stats: 6 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble
10% Brandon McManus predicted stats: 3/3 XP 1/1 54 yards, 1/1 59 yds
Super Bowl 50 Preview/Predictions
Finally, Super Bowl 50 is here. The Denver Broncos beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to represent the AFC. Carolina continued their dominating ways as they easily handled the Arizona Cardinals on their way to the NFC Championship. With this likely being Peyton Manning’s last game in the NFL, how much does he have left in the tank? Manning threw 17 interceptions in the regular season, but has thrown zero in the playoffs. Will the Panther’s defense be able to get the best of Peyton? Cam Newton continued to show us why he is the NFL MVP last week. Undoubtedly, the test against the Denver defense will by far be his hardest. Denver forced two Tom Brady interceptions last week, a rare stat line against Brady. They were also constantly putting pressure on him and knocking him to the ground. Will they be able to do the same against Cam? Which team will go home as Super Bowl Champions?
Carolina Panthers (15-1) vs Denver Broncos (12-4)
- Kickoff: 5:30 PM CST
- Location: Levi’s Stadium (San Clara, CA)
- Odds: CAR -5.5
- Over/Under: 45.
Case for Carolina: The Panthers just keep on winning. It is as simple as that. Carolina made a joke out of Carson Palmer and the Cardinals in the NFC Championship. Going into this game, Carolina has earned their place as the favorite to win. Cam continues to play on another level than every other quarterback and the defense is improving every week. The no-name receiving corp for Cam is also playing exceptionally well in the playoffs to this point. This team must feel very confident going against Peyton Manning considering his arm strength is weaker than his younger years. In oder to win this game, Carolina needs to jump out to an early lead, which they are definitely capable of doing. Denver’s offense isn’t built to make a comeback, especially against a defense as good as Carolina’s. Look for the Panther’s offense to take some shots early in the game and attempt to run away with this game.
Case for Denver: Denver is hot right now, taking down the best quarterback in the NFL in the AFC Championship. While many believe that Denver will get blown out again in the Super Bowl, as they did two years ago, I think they are wrong. Denver’s defense is the best in the NFL. No chance this team is allowing more than 25 points, no matter how good Cam Newton is. To stop Carolina’s offense, Denver will need to stop the rushing attack. Jonathon Stewart is a good runner, along with Cam Newton on the scramble. The front 7 for Denver are up for the challenge and will force the Panthers into tough pass situations. Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware are hungry and playing their best football. It will be a challenge to contain Cam in the pocket, but these two edge rushers are more than ready. They will force turnovers and give Peyton short fields to work with, just like they did against the Patriots. Offensively, the Broncos must play perfect. If they turn the ball over to Cam, they have little to no chance of taking this game. Denver will give everything they have to help Peyton win his last NFL game.
Prediction: Denver 20, Carolina 17
MVP Prediction: Peyton Manning, QB, Denver – 21/35, 237 YDs, 2 TDs
Confidence: Very, very low
Difference of Game: Denver’s defense doing just enough to put Cam in tough situations on each drive.