Colleges

Super Bowl picks: Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks

Posted January 28

The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks meet Sunday at MetLife Stadium for the National Football League's ultimate prize, the Lombardi Trophy.

When it comes to the Super Bowl, it is not about the record; it is about the pride and bragging rights that go along with winning at the biggest stage.

The WRAL sports staff weighs in on Sunday's game offering their keys to the game and tell you who they think will win.

WRAL-TV

Jeff Gravley

Jeff Gravley 

Peyton Manning has had a few extra days to prepare for the Seahawks' top-ranked defense. What he can’t simulate is the size of the Seattle defensive backs. I love the running game of the 'Hawks led by Marshawn Lynch but I think for Seattle to win, Russell Wilson will have to use his feet to gain some yards. He will also have to pass better. His passing numbers are down in the last six games. The 215 he posted against the 'Niners in the NFC championship game is the highest yardage he’s passed for in that six-game span. He has only five touchdown tosses in that span, no more than one in a game. 

Seattle can’t win with those kind of numbers. Because of that, I am picking the Broncos to win.

Pick: Denver Broncos Logo Denver 21 Seattle 14

 

Ken Medlin

Ken Medlin

This is the classic clash of styles - Seattle's stingy defense against Denver's prolific offense. But I see Seattle finding a way to slow the Broncos down just enough, and when necessary the Seahawks can grind it out on the ground. Marshawn Lynch goes into "beast mode," Mother Nature gets involved and Seattle wins its first Super Bowl.

Pick: Seattle Seahawks Logo Seattle 24 Denver 20

 

Mandy Mitchell 
Mandy Mitchell

I am picking the Seahawks. It’s been the best defense in the league all year and I think the team will get pressure on Peyton Manning, which will force him to be uncomfortable. He won’t have the time to sit back there and make his reads with this defense. Russell Wilson has just enough to get the points the Seahawks need to win. I also really like Pete Carroll and I think he will be out to prove a “college guy” can win it all in the league. 

Pick: Seattle Seahawks Logo Seattle by 3



Jared Fialko

Jared Fialko

As a Patriots fan, I have virtually no interest, but let's win one for Wes Welker. 

Pick: Denver Broncos Logo Denver 27 Seattle 13

 

99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio/620 The Buzz

Adam Gold

Adam Gold 

As good as Seattle's defense is, I think Denver's offense and Peyton manning will be able to move the ball. The Broncos have five legitimate receiving targets and Knowshon Moreno is a dual threat out of the backfield. Seattle will definitely try and disrupt Manning's timing and, to use a football term, move him off his spot. 

Seattle will try and control the ball with Lynch and the running game an then let Russell Wilson make some big throws of of play-action.

In a match up of the league's best offense (Denver) and defense (Seattle), it will likely be how their opposite units perform that will decide this game.

In the end, I think this entire year has been -- and will be -- a validation of Peyton Manning's greatness. To me, Joe Montana and Tom Brady are the best to ever spin it. Montana won four Super Bowls and three times was chosen the game's MVP. Brady won three of these games and was chosen the most valuable player on two occasions.

A win Sunday puts Manning on a very short list behind the top two. I say it happens, Denver wins.

Pick: Denver Broncos Logo Denver 26 Seattle 20



Joe Ovies

Joe Ovies 

One hashtag: #AllRussellWilsonEverything

Pick: Seattle Seahawks Logo Seattle


Shannon Penn 2012
Shannon Penn

Pick: Denver Broncos Logo Denver 27 Seattle 20
 


Mark Thomas 
Mark Thomas

The best offense in the NFL is the Denver Broncos. Seattle has a solid defense that can put pressure on you with the front four. The Seahawks lead the NFL in sacks without blitzing. That also means they led the NFL in coverage sacks. Problem is they're facing the least sacked quarterback in the league, Peyton Manning. Manning will play a complete game and finish strong against the 'Hawks.

Pick: Denver Broncos Logo Denver 30 Seattle 17
 


Mike Maniscalco

Mike Maniscalco 

History shows that the team with the solid defense and running game usually wins the Super Bowl. Today's NFL is all about passing yards and numbers through the air. But for one game, the team that can run the ball and get to the quarterback ends up hoisting this Vince Lombardi trophy. 

As prolific as Peyton Manning and the Denver offense has been this year, it is Seattle that has the ground attack and pass rush that wins titles. As much as I want to pick Manning and the Broncos to win because of how many weapons the sure fire hall of fame quarterback has at his disposal, the fact that Seattle has the better defense and a stable of running backs and quarterback Russell Wilson's play-making ability with his feet leads me to take the Seahawks.

Both teams will deal with weather, both teams will make mistakes, but when you have to put the ball in the air to win, which Denver will do, there are more opportunities to make game changing errors. 

Pick: Seattle Seahawks Logo Seattle 27 Denver 21

 

WRALSportsFan.com

Caulton Tudor

Caulton Tudor 

It's probably wishful thinking because I believe I probably was the first person to interview Russell after he got to State and he'll always rate near the top of my list for classy athletes.

But the good thing about this Super Bowl, in my opinion, is it'll be a truly great sports story regardless of which team wins. How often do we get to say that these days? There's the weather, too. Heck, that could wind up being one of the all-time rare Super Bowl stories.

Pick: Seattle Seahawks Logo Seattle 21 Denver 20

 

Aaron Schoonmaker
Aaron Schoonmaker 

It is no secret that I am from Denver – lived in Colorado for 23 years. I was born on a Broncos Sunday and I have never missed a Broncos game in my life. I will pick the Broncos based on my heart, but let me justify it with my head. 

While the cliché has always been that defense wins championships, there has never been an offense like this. The Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” with Torry Holt doesn’t even stack up.

The Fighting Manning’s average 457 yards per game – that is 120 yards per game more than Seattle. Factor that as two possessions worth.

Meanwhile, the rushing yards per game are virtually even (117.1 for Denver vs. 136.8 for Seattle). There goes the “physical offense” theory. And, as you laugh, have you seen the Broncos running game with defensive tackle Mitch Unrein in the backfield and the wrinkle of tight end Virgil Green getting a carry last week??? Denver can be big at times.

The area that most concerns me as a Broncos fan is in the secondary. Can Russell Wilson beat Denver in the passing game? Chris Harris, arguably the best corner the Broncos had this year is out. Dominique Rodgers-Cromarte is the No. 1. Champ Bailey, who played as a safety for much of the year may be forced to play either boundary or Nickel. That leaves Tony Carter or Quentin Jammer filling the role that Bailey does not.

As much as I like Russell Wilson – had he stayed with the Rockies, Elliott Avent swears he could have been a Major Leaguer – I still believe the patch-work collection of veterans in the Denver secondary will be too much if it becomes a vertical game.

Don’t forget, even though Seattle may have a top overall defense, Denver is No. 8 against the rush – something Seattle will try to go to in the cold.

And the X-Factor? Trindon Holliday with his multiple TD returns and Matt Prater who set the NFL record with a 64-yard FG earlier this year. Should I mention that Britton Colquitt has only attempted one playoff punt headed to the Super Bowl?

Pick: Denver Broncos Logo Denver 38 Seattle 17

 

Erin Summers


Erin Summers

They always say defense wins championships but in this case, an offense as multi-faceted as the Denver Broncos will find a way to exploit the great Seattle defense.

Seattle relies heavily on their ground game, which would help them if the weather goes south but that doesn't appear to be happening, so they will have to make an impact in the air if they are going to have a chance to win the game offensively. On many occasions this season they haven't had to because their defense is quite capable or stopping the opposition or scoring themselves. 

Which brings me to what I think is the main breaking point in this match-up. Peyton Manning has the experience and he has the options to make this team succeed. Seattle plays man-to-man coverage on the outside which works on most offenses but the Broncos play a four back set, someone is going to get open and Manning will find that person. Sure it won't happen every time but the Broncos have the best chance of beating the Seattle defense as any team has had all year.

Should be a fun one.

Pick: Denver Broncos Logo Denver 31 Seattle 24


Derek Medlin


Derek Medlin

Assuming the latest forecast -- cloudy, breezy with temps in the 30s -- holds up, I'll take Peyton Manning and Co. in a close game at MetLife Stadium. Manning's experience will be a factor, especially in the second half, and the Denver defense will be able to replicate its performance against New England by containing Marshawn Lynch and the downhill Seattle rushing attack.

If the weather goes south, all bets are off.

Pick: Denver Broncos Logo Denver 28 Seattle 20

6 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • vt94hokies Jan 29, 5:51 p.m.

    Terrible decision to play this game up there in such poor weather conditions. Who's in charge of common sense that calls the shots?

  • wlcat609 Jan 29, 2:11 p.m.

    Have you read the 'NFL Mass Transit' ultimatum (in Sports section of yahoo.com)?...I think the NFL folks in charge must really have their heads you know where...it is interesting reading - glad I'll be watching on TV!!!

    Seattle being the underdog will just make them play harder - keeping my fingers crossed that the Seahawks will prevail.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 29, 10:39 a.m.

    Valid arguments for each team winning, but I'm picking the Broncos. I think their offense and Peyton's SB experience will win out over Seattle's stingy defense: Denver 24, Seattle 17

  • BB5 Jan 28, 9:54 p.m.

    Broncos over Seattle

  • Toddler10-21 Jan 28, 4:07 p.m.

    If Manning isnt touched like he wasnt in the last two the Broncos will win. If the Seahawks bring the pressure he will have a long day. Hawks 23-20.

  • vt94hokies Jan 28, 2:46 p.m.

    Everyone had good reasons for their picks. I still believe in Manning and his team. The OL must do the job again. Denver will have to pressure Wilson, and keep him contained.

  • The Logan Zone

    Today at 11:30 am on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Washington at Philadelphia

    Today at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Oakland at New England

    Today at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Denver at Seattle

    Today at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Green Bay at Detroit

    Today at 1:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Columbus

    Today at 1:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Kansas City at Baltimore

    Today at 4:30 pm on 620am

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Pittsburgh

    Tonight at 8:30 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0
 
1:30pm Today
CAR
CLB
 
8:30pm Tonight
CAR
PIT
Final
KAN 2
DET 3
Final
CHC 8
LOS 7
Final
OAK 0
PHI 3
Final
NYY 3
TOR 6
Final
COL 5
ARI 1
Final
BAL 7
BOS 2
Final
PIT 0
MIL 1
Final
TAM 3
CWS 1
Final
MIN 3
CLE 7
Final
ATL 2
NYM 4
Final
HOU 10
SEA 1
Final
MIA 2
WAS 3
Final
STL 8
CIN 4
Final
SDP 3
SFG 2
Final
ANA 8
TEX 5
1:05pm Today
NYY
TOR
1:10pm Today
MIA
WAS
1:35pm Today
BAL
BOS
1:35pm Today
PIT
MIL
1:35pm Today
ATL
NYM
1:40pm Today
TAM
CWS
2:10pm Today
MIN
CLE
2:10pm Today
KAN
DET
2:10pm Today
HOU
SEA
2:20pm Today
CHC
LOS
3:35pm Today
ANA
TEX
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
PHI
 
4:10pm Today
COL
ARI
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
 
8:05pm Tonight
STL
CIN
 
Final
WISC 68
BGU 17
Final
MSU 73
EMICH 14
Final
VT 24
GT 27
Final
PITT 20
IOWA 24
Final
RICE 42
ODU 45
Final
UGA 66
TROY 0
Final
SYR 20
MD 34
Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
COL 21
HAW 12
Final
AKR 17
MARS 48
Final
WAKE 24
ARMY 21
Final
KU 24
CMICH 10
Final
ALA 42
UF 21
Final
FIU 3
LOU 34
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
Final
NAVY 24
RUTG 31
Final
SMU 6
TEXAM 58
Final
MICH 10
UTAH 26
Final
BYU 41
UVA 33
Final
WYO 20
FATL 19
Final
MIZZ 27
IND 31
Final
PSU 48
UMASS 7
Final
MINN 24
SJST 7
Final
ILL 42
TXST 35
Final
WASH 45
GASTATE 14
Final
SMISS 21
APPST 20
Final
TOL 34
BST 23
Final
OHIO 36
IDAHO 24
Final
CIN 31
UMO 24
Final
MEM 36
MTST 17
Final
LSU 29
MSST 34
Final
ARK 52
NILL 14
Final
ARKST 21
UTST 14
Final
SALABAMA 6
GASO 28
Final
WVU 33
OKLA 45
Final
VANDY 34
SCAR 48
Final
NEB 41
MIAMI 31
Final
NMST 35
NMU 38
Final
HOU 47
UNLV 14
Final
FSU 23
CLEM 17
Final
ARZ 49
CAL 45
Final
ORST 28
SDST 7
Final
WASU 31
OREG 38
Final
BSU 34
LALAF 9
1:30pm Today
CAR
CLB
 
5:00pm Tonight
WAS
BUF
 
6:30pm Tonight
CLB
STL
 
8:00pm Tonight
EDM
CAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CAL
EDM
 
1:00pm Today
CLE
BAL
1:00pm Today
STL
DAL
1:00pm Today
DET
GBP
1:00pm Today
NYG
HOU
1:00pm Today
JAC
IND
1:00pm Today
NOS
MIN
1:00pm Today
NEP
OAK
1:00pm Today
BUF
SDC
1:00pm Today
CIN
TEN
1:00pm Today
PHI
WAS
4:05pm Today
ARI
SFX
4:25pm Today
SEA
DEN
4:25pm Today
MIA
KAN
8:30pm Tonight
CAR
PIT
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0