The Super Bowl is all set, and we are less then 3 hours away from seeing Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. So far, with the way the Panthers have dominated the opposition this season, alot of people are confidently choosing them to win Super Bowl 50. But, I’m not completely sold on that. I think the Broncos have a pretty good chance to win this game, but it will end up being a very close shootout all the way until the clock hits zero in the 4th quarter.
During the postseason, the Carolina Panthers have seen some of the toughest defenses in the league from the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals; and they’ve beat them both. Against the Seahawks, to start; the Panthers ended up scoring 31 unanswered points in the first half before getting outscored 24-0 in the second half. Although the defense was stout in the beginning, they were almost nonexistent in the second; leading to the Seahawks almost coming back and tying the game up.
Then, there was Carolina vs. Arizona……….. There’s not really much to say about that now is there?
Anyway, the point I’m trying to get at is even though they have faced teams with dominating defenses this season, Denver is a whole new force. Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware coming around the outside will be able to put an intense pressure on Cam Newton that will help contain him to an extent from scrambling out of the pocket, as well as hurry up his throws like this defense did to Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game. In addition to that, the Denver secondary is one of the best secondaries in the league this year; posting a league leading 23 interceptions as a team this season. Minus Greg Olsen, the Carolina receivers are not going to stand a chance against the likes of Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr.
Having said that, the Carolina defense is no joke either, just look at the start of their playoffs as an example. But, the young Panthers defense has not faced a quarterback with the football IQ that Peyton Manning has. Personally, it is safe to say that Peyton Manning is arguably the smartest quarterback in the league right now with the ability to read a defense and audible a billion times to counteract what he sees. Out of all the intangibles that Peyton has in his arsenal, his IQ is going to be what keeps the Broncos in this game, and it is going to be his IQ that will play a pivotal role in their road to winning this Super Bowl.
In the end, this is going to be one hell of a game that, in my opinion, will go down to the wire. The spread, which is currently at 5.5, is very deceiving, and I personally do not see this game being decided by a touchdown. To sum it all up, with the strengths of these defenses, you are going to see both of these teams go to the air alot more than the ground game, (both Denver and Carolina are ranked 3rd and 4th respectively in rushing yards allowed per game). And in the end, I have the Broncos winning this game by a slim margin; 24-21.