Unfortunately the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t be participating in Super Bowl XLVIII in New York this season, but the staff at the Pewter Plank will be glued to our televisions anyways to catch the big game.
Here are our predictions on what will happen on Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos take to the field.
Peyton Manning has posted historic numbers this season, but he has to now face a big game in the cold. Can the best QB of our generation overcome his demons and have a good game?
Rob: To me, the cold isn’t even an issue. Unless the wind gets crazy, I don’t imagine weather is a factor at all.
Corey: I believe that Peyton Manning will have no problem playing in New York. He just lit up the Patriots in cold weather two weeks ago. He has trustworthy weapons at every position. I think the weak link on the offense is the line. If Peyton can stay upright then he will be fine. But that is asking a lot against Seattle.
Ken: I love Seattle’s defense in this game, and the weather will only help. But Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning so you know he’ll have a solid game. Plus he has five legitimate targets to throw the ball to. I guess it depends on what we mean by “overcoming demons”. If you want stats, you’ll get them, but if the demons are not being able to get that big W, then no he won’t be able to overcome them, even if it’s not really his fault.
Zac: For Peyton Manning, I think playing his second year in Denver has helped him overcome his demons playing in the cold already and I think that will carry over in the Super Bowl. With the way Manning has performed all season, it would be hard not to expect the same kind of numbers in the Super Bowl, where he has already been and won.
Matt: I don’t think there’s any question that Manning can have a good game. There’s a reason he’s one of the best quarterbacks of all time because the guy knows how to win. I think the arguments about his inability to play in the cold are severely overblown. Last time I checked, Denver isn’t exactly a warm city. Peyton’s play will be the sole decider in this game and he knows that. Another ring would be huge for Manning and although he has already said he won’t be retiring, he must surely know that this could very well be his final Superbowl and that will provide all the motivation needed. I have no doubt that Manning will be excellent come Sunday.
Brett: This is a really tough call. Denver’s offense is loaded with talent receiver-wise, and Seattle’s secondary is the best in the NFL. Manning has the ability to put the ball in whatever location he wants. You can be perfectly positioned defensively and still have Manning get a great gain on you. If he has to throw more than 30 times, then he could be in for a long night. For this reason, I’d say Manning will have a relatively good game, although I don’t think he hits 300 yards passing and I think he throws at least one interception. Final stats for Peyton Manning: 61% completion rate, 256 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT. Not stellar numbers, but good.
Leo: I think Peyton will have no problem with the cold weather, but I doubt his offense’s ability to overcome the Seattle defense. The big game will be seen as Peyton’s downfall yet again, when in reality he’s just facing an incredible defense that will limit his ability to stand in the pocket and break down an incredible secondary.