The two number one seeds in the AFC and NFC will face each other in the 50TH edition of the Super Bowl. The Carolina Panthers head into this contest with the league’s number one offense. However, the offense that the Panthers run is not the norm in the National Football League.
Quarterback Cam Newton has managed to elevate everyone’s game to another level when he is under center for the Panthers offense. On Sunday evening in Santa Clara, California they will be facing the league’s best defense in the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos defense is ranked in the top four categories such as points, total yards, and both passing and rushing yards. By far this will be Cam Newton’s biggest challenge of the 2015 season. He has not faced a defense of this magnitude during his 2015 campaign.
For the Panthers to take home the Lombardi Trophy, their defense must force Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to throw the football down the field which could lead to some turnovers and allow the Panthers offense to have a short field to work with. If the Panthers are up by at least 28 points in this contest by the end of the first half, they will indeed win Super Bowl 50.
Do not think for a second that Peyton Manning and the Broncos will mount a second-half surge that will allow them to come from behind and win the game. Peyton Manning clearly does not have what it takes to bring his team from behind like he did in the 2006 AFC Championship Game when the Colts overcame a 21-3 deficit against the New England Patriots.
Being a game manager is now Peyton’s new role, and he will have to try his best not to turn the football over to the Carolina Panthers. Like I previously stated before, the Broncos running game must step up to the plate against the Panthers defense. The running game is the primary method of attack in Gary Kubiak’s offense in Denver.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense must take advantage of Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, who will be playing with a broken arm that he suffered against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game two weeks ago. I honestly believe that Manning and Kubiak will definitely try to expose Davis’s inability to disrupt the Broncos running game.
My prediction for this game is that the Broncos defense will elevate them to a third Super Bowl Title in team history. If the Broncos win or lose, my views on where Peyton ranks among other great quarterbacks will not change, which is an excellent signal caller in the regular season who came up short on numerous occasions in the playoffs.
Broncos Win 26-24
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