Seahawks or Broncos? Our Super Bowl predictions

Seahawks or Broncos? Our Super Bowl predictions
February 1, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Although the Redskins were eliminated early (like sometime around Week 3), we know you’re going to be watching the Super Bowl. So let’s have some fun predicting the outcome, shall we? Here’s how Redskins Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler see the game unfolding:

BY RICH TANDER AND TARIK EL-BASHIR

Broncos vs. Seahawks
Sunday 6:30 FOX
Broncos favored by 1.5

Tandler: Sometimes the outcome of a Super Bowl will hinge on something unexpected, an X-factor, the bounce of the ball. This will not be one of those games. The storyline has been set ever since both teams qualified for the mid-winter trip to New York-New Jersey.

It’s Peyton Manning vs. Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, and the rest of the Legion of Boom. Manning completed 68 percent of his passes in 2013 and averaged 8.3 yards per pass attempt; the Seahawks allowed 59 percent completions and 5.8 per attempt. Manning vs. the Seahawks’ secondary was a tossup until the weather report firmed up.

It will be cool but not freezing with little precipitation and little wind. That will let Manning play his game and when the best ever can do that not even Sherman and the LOB can stop him. Broncos 24, Seahawks 21

El-Bashir: The Broncos’ No. 1 offense vs. the Seahawks’ No. 1 defense. That’s the storyline everyone has been pumping up, and rightfully so. Sherman and the L.O.B. will indeed give Peyton fits. But that’s not why I’ve got the Seahawks winning Sunday.

No, they’ll hoist the Lombardi Trophy because Marshawn Lynch (249 yards, two touchdowns in two playoff games) is going let his play do the talking as he runs over the Broncos’ mediocre, injury-depleted defense.

And because Russell Wilson, despite his statistical struggles, will do exactly what he did against the 49ers: produce clutch plays under pressure. Remember his fourth down, go-ahead 35-yard strike to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter against San Francisco?

Wilson may not ever be as good as Peyton. But he’s a proven gamer. And that’s what it takes to win on football’s biggest stage. Seahawks 28, Broncos 24.

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