AVG. YPA (RNK)
LAST 4 GMS
AVG. YPA (RNK)
|7.95 (5th)||Pass Off.||6.69 (28th)|
|4.32 (10th)||Rush Off.||4.58 (6th)|
|6.97 (11th)||Pass Def.||6.11 (1st)|
|3.65 (5th)||Rush Def.||3.54 (3rd)|
|17-1||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA||14-4|
|NFC Champion||Spread: Panthers by 5||AFC Champion|
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In the NFL's golden game, Super Bowl 50, there is a heavily favored Carolina Panthers team getting all of the love from the "experts" and the Denver Broncos who have become America's favorite sentimental underdog. The narrative sounds a lot like Super Bowl 32, if you ask me.
That feeling was hammered home when Peyton Manning and DeMarcus Ware were named team captains for the game, after hearing that Manning provided an emotional speech to the team on Saturday night. It certainly feels like this is Manning's final ride and his teammates would love nothing more than to give him a Hall of Fame sendoff.
For the Broncos to achieve that, they must stuff the Panthers run game and keep Cam Newton bottled up in the pocket. If they can force him into obvious passing situations, then the Broncos defense will win that battle most of the time. They will need to win those battles, because the Broncos offense cannot be relied upon to be consistent through the course of a game. Not this season, anyway.
Speaking of the offense, the way they can assure victory in Super Bowl 50 is through big plays down the field. Manning cannot afford to miss on those plays like he has done most of the season. Expect C.J. Anderson to contribute in a big way on the ground game and success there will likely result in success down the field for Manning.
If the Broncos are going to emerge victorious is will come down to their defense. The defense hasn't let any of us down all season long, except when Antonio Brown was in the lineup. Since I don't see Antonio Brown on the field today, I have to believe the defense will once again rise to the occasion.
Prediction: Broncos 17, Panthers 13
What is your prediction, Broncos Country?