Experts give their Super Bowl picks
So you want to know what team your favorite ESPN analyst is picking for the Super Bowl? As a public service here is how they see the game playing out.
Tedy Bruschi,NFL Liveanalyst and three-time Super Bowl champion: 27-23: Peyton Manning has too many weapons for the Seahawk defense to handle. The second half is when the Bronco offense finds its groove.
Frank Caliendo,comedian/impersonator andSundayNFL Countdowncontributor: 31-24. Peyton Manning will show he can play in cold weather and will finally be able to quit his second job at the pizza place.
Adam Caplan,NFL Insider: 24-20: The Broncos will win this game for one primary reason: They are the one team capable of spreading out the excellent Seahawks secondary and finding favorable matchups.
Cari Champion,First Takehost: 31-26: Peyton Manning is a surgeon. He will carve up the defense and go down as the greatest doctor in NFL history.
Colin Cowherd, Seattle native and host, ESPN RadiosThe Herd: 26-20: The story of the game wont be the Seattle defense. Instead, it will be Denvers much improved defense.
Trent Dilfer,MondayNight Countdownanalyst and Super Bowl XXXV champion quarterback: 27-24: What will go down as one of the best Super Bowls ever, Peyton drives the Broncos down the field for a touchdown on the final possession to win it.
Mike Ditka,Pro Football Hall of Famer, Super Bowl-winning coach andSundayNFL Countdownanalyst: 21-17: I dont think its going to be a high-scoring game and I think that the Broncos will be able to score enough points on the defense.
Brian Griese, ESPN college football analyst and former Broncos quarterback: 24-20. Richard Sherman meets his match in Demaryious Thomas and Peyton Manning. The Broncos defense with its rebuilt front seven limits Marshawn Lynch and Champ Bailey makes a game-clinching play in the end to seal the victory.
Jon Gruden,MondayNight Footballanalyst and Super Bowl champion coach: 26-24: Ive got to go with Peyton Manning. Ive never seen an offense with this kind of production. I think the tempo is something the Seahawks are going to have trouble preparing for and simulating on the practice field.
Merril Hoge,NFL LiveandNFL Matchupanalyst: 28-24: The Broncos passing game has too much flexibility and versatility with its wide receivers and with the formations they will be able to create, and Manning uses that to manage the game.
Gary Horton,ESPN Insider/Scouts Inc.: 27-20: When I first looked at film, I thought Seattle would impose its will. The more I watched I saw Peyton is in a zone that very few players ever experience and I dont know how Seattle can stop him.
Tom Jackson,former Broncos linebacker andSundayNFL Countdownanalyst: 24-13. If you give quarterback Peyton Manning and this Broncos team two weeks to prepare, theyll figure out a way to score 24 points.
Ron Jaworski,NFL LiveandNFL Matchupanalyst:27-24: Fast start by Peyton Manning forces Seahawks to play from behind.
Suzy Kolber,NFL Insidershost: 24-17: I give the slight, intangible edge to Denver based on experience. The Seahawks rotation that has kept them fresh and made them relentless, somewhat neutralized, Peyton Manning and all his weapons pull it out.
Steve Levy,SportsCenteranchor: 30-24: Two weeks for Peyton Manning is simply too much for the Seahawks defense to overcome. Plus, no 12thMan here.
Chris Mortensen,senior NFL analyst: 23-20: The X factor in this game is Percy Harvin. He can flip that score but in the end I'm going with Peyton Manning's ability to break down the defense just enough.
Wendi Nix,NFL host and reporter: 27-21: With this much time to prepare and his experience, Peyton Manning can audible enough to throw off the Seattle defense, especially if theres not major inclement weather.
Bill Polian,NFL Insider and six-time NFL Executive of the Year, who drafted Peyton Manning: 27-23. The metrics all point to Seattle, but my heart points me to No. 18.
Rick Reilly,ESPN.com columnist,MondayNight Countdowncontributorand longtime Denver resident: 35-34: I picked Denver to beat Seattle before the season started and Im sticking with it. So ... Just as nobody predicted, it's a shootout. Peyton Manning's unheard-of, earth-rattling, never-seen-before three-yard bootleg running touchdown to win it is timed at 11.3 seconds. Millions slap their forehead in unison.
Stuart Scott,SportsCenteranchorandMondayNight Countdownco-host: 31-23: Because its not going to be that windy and it wont be that cold, and Peyton doesnt have to look Richard Shermans way.
JeffSaturday, Super Bowl champion, former teammate of Peyton Manning andNFL Liveanalyst: 28-24: "That's what I picked at the beginning of the season, and as you look at the Broncos with the talent on offense and their defense playing as well as they have been in the playoffs - not letting teams run the ball - they really are a complete team."
Adam Schefter, NFL Insider: 30-20. This ones for Peyton.
Mark Schlereth, former Broncos offensive lineman, Denver resident,NFL Liveanalyst, and three-time Super Bowl champion: 31-17: As long as its not windy out, I think the Broncos have too much offensively.
Mike Tirico,MondayNight Footballplay-by-play commentator: 27-23: I think Seattle has everything it takes to win the game, just having trouble seeing Peyton losing after all he has overcome getting back to this point.
Trey Wingo,NFL LiveandNFL PrimeTimehost: 34-24: Peyton erases all doubts.
Steve Young,MondayNight Countdownanalyst, Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl champion:27-17. In a quarterback-driven league where defenses are handcuffed to a certain degree and we have one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in Peyton Manning, it's offense over defense.
Picking the Seahawks:
Chris Berman,Host,SundayNFL CountdownandMondayNight Countdown: 23-21: Temperature at game time kickoff will be higher than the winning score. You could have had long odds on that one a week ago.
Cris Carter,Pro Football Hall of Famer andSundayNFL Countdownanalyst: 24-20. Percy Harvin chips in with 50 yards rushing, and Marshawn Lynch will be MVP.
John Clayton, longtime Seattle area resident and ESPN.com senior NFL writer: 21-17. Peyton Manning has to beat the Legion of Boom and the weather, which is a little too tough.
Mike Golic,co-host of ESPN RadiosMike & Mike: 27-23: Seattles running game is constant. Marshawn Lynchs legs never stop moving. Russell Wilson fills in with his passing, and hell do some damage with his legs if he has to. If it stays in the 20s, it favors Seattle.
Mike Greenberg, co-host of ESPN RadiosMike & Mike: 24-23: Seattle forces three field goals with great red zone defense. Russell Wilson makes just enough plays."
Herm Edwards,NFL Liveanalyst:20-17: The Seahawks defense has been dominant all season, allowing just six touchdown passes. In a quarterback-driven league, that says a lot about how great this defense is. I still think you win in this league playing great defense.
Keyshawn Johnson,SundayNFL Countdownanalyst and Super Bowl champion: 23-21: This will be an even football game and Seattle wins it late by a field goal.
Danny Kanell, ESPN college football analyst and former Broncos quarterback: Seahawks, 24-21. Seattle's front seven is physical enough to pressure Peyton and the secondary is the best in the NFL and has enough to matchup with all the Broncos weapons.
Ray Lewis,SundayNFL Countdownanalyst and two-time Super Bowl champion:21-17. Overall, Seattle is a better team. Denver relies so much on Peyton that if he has an average day it's not enough. And, I think the weather favors Seattle with its defense.
Kenny Mayne,SportsCenteranchor, who was born in Tacoma, grew up in Kent and now live in Kirkland, Wash.: I dont believe the Seahawks have played their best game this season. Feels like a good time to try that. Huge respect for Peyton Manning and his guys but they have yet to face a defense like Seattles. Marshawn is running his a** off and people like Doug Baldwin are stepping up. AndWe have Percy back. Percy.
Louis Riddick, NFL Insider: 28-24: Seattle defensively is uniquely equipped -- better than any team in the NFL -- to deal with Denver's offense both physically and mentally. Offensively, they have the kind of ability to be balanced that leads to time consuming drives, limiting Denver's offensive possessions. As a team, I just don't see Seattle's resolve and fortitude allowing them to lose this game.
Ryen Russillo,co-host of ESPN RadiosSVP & Russillo: 27-21: The best secondary in the NFL.
Hannah Storm,SportsCenteranchor: 24-21: The Seahawks stellar defense takes a half to adjust to Peyton Manning and then shuts down the Broncos in the second half. Defense wins championships and the Hawks win in a close one.
Scott Van Pelt,SportsCenteranchor and co-host of ESPN RadiosSVP & Russillo: 23-20: Defense tends to trump offense in these spots. Im leaning on that.