The time has come and the masses should rejoice. The big game is set to take over America and the bars, restaurants, and homes throughout the nation will be filled with parties and get-togethers celebrating the National Football League and Super Bowl 50.
Unlike many other iterations, this year’s edition of the Super Bowl has split the nation. Many people just want to see Peyton Manning go out on top with one more Super Bowl win. The other side is pulling for the phenomenal Cam Newton, the type of quarterback the NFL has never seen. Some would argue he is young and will get another chance but tell that to Dan Marino. Let’s take a look at Super Bowl 50 Predictions, Picks Carolina Panthers vs Denver Broncos and come up with the logical winner of Super Bowl 50.
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Carolina Panthers over Denver Broncos
How each team got here could not be more different. The Broncos played two close battles in their playoff journey including a tight 20-18 AFC Championship win over the New England Patriots. Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers just keep on rolling as evident by their 49-15 NFC Championship victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Everyone will rightfully talk about the Denver Broncos defense that allowed the least amount of points all season, the lowest passing yards per game, and were also stout against the run. But let’s not forget, for as good as they are, they are not the 2000 Ravens and will need some offense to win this one. Still Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware will cause Cam Newton to never get that “settled” feeling in the pocket all game.
The Panthers defense is pretty darn impressive as well. They allowed the third fewest points in the NFC (would have been better is they were not just protecting leads in many games), have the most takeaways with 39, and their plus-20 turnover margin is best in the NFL. Josh Norman could return an interception for a touchdown at any moment and that might just happen on February 7th.
The quarterback position is more of a rising star against the fading star that it is a battle of equals. I take nothing way from the Hall of Fame career of Peyton Manning but he is a shell of what he once was. He is a game manager now but will get an extra weeks rest so we just might see a bit of zip from the noodle. He does need his receiving corps to start catching the ball again, a disease that plagued them during this year’s playoffs. If they do, Peyton might have a solid day.
Meanwhile, Cam Newton is something this league has never seen before. Do not talk to me about any past “mobile quarterback” because they are not like Cam. He has a cannon arm, incredible accuracy, great legs, the size to plow through tackles, and a mental acumen that knows exactly what to do. He has been great before but this year is a whole new level.
If the Broncos cannot effectively run the ball, don’t think 200 yards rushing but rather 100-120 at 3.5 yards per carry, then it will be tough. While it is possible that Peyton Manning reaches down deep in his last game and finds the Peyton of a couple of years ago for one last show, it is just not likely. Meanwhile, Cam will take what is given to him and will run five yards a carry all the way down the field. Even if Cam only passes for 220 yards and rushes for 40 yards that will probably allow the Panthers, with Jonathan Stewart as he primary back, to work down the field to the tune of 21-27 points. That output will probably be more than enough.
As Super Bowl 50 unfolds, I expect to see a close game through two quarters. It will be key for the Denver Broncos to allow Cam Newton to run. Yes I said allow him to run. Why? If you sit back, take away the big play then the Panthers will be held to five-to-six minute drives which will allow the Broncos offense time to rest and minimize the total chances the Panthers have to put up points. The Broncos must avoid a shootout at all costs because they do not have the guns to win that battle. At 15-1, and as dominant as the Panthers have been in the playoffs, it is hard to find a way, minus a miracle, that the Panthers do not end this year as Super Bowl champions. Probably around 28-17 as a final score.