ESPN Super Bowl XLVIII expert picks


Chris Mortensen, ESPN NFL senior analyst
Broncos 23, Seahawks 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, ESPN NFL studio host and reporter
Broncos 27, Seahawks 21 -- With this much time to prepare and his experience, Peyton Manning can audible enough to throw off the Seattle defense, especially if there's not inclement weather.



Bill Polian, NFL Insider, six-time NFL Executive of the Year who drafted Peyton Manning
Broncos 27, Seahawks 23 -- The metrics all point to Seattle, but my heart points me to No. 18.



Rick Reilly, ESPN.com columnist, "Monday Night Countdown" contributor, longtime Denver resident
Broncos 35, Seahawks 34 -- I picked Denver to beat Seattle before the season started, and I'm sticking with it. So ... just as nobody predicted, it's a shootout. Peyton Manning's unheard-of, earth-rattling, never-seen-before, 3-yard bootleg run to win it is timed at 11.3 seconds. Millions slap their forehead in unison.



Louis Riddick, NFL Insider
Seahawks 28, Broncos 24 -- Defensively, Seattle 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 it to lose this game.



Ryen Russillo, co-host of ESPN Radio's "SVP & Russillo"
Seahawks 27, Broncos 21 -- The best secondary in the NFL.



Jeff Saturday, "NFL Live" analyst, Super Bowl XLI champion, former teammate of Peyton Manning
Broncos 28, Seahawks 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, ESPN NFL Insider
Broncos 30, Seahawks 20 -- This one's for Peyton.



Mark Schlereth, "NFL Live" analyst, three-time Super Bowl champion, former Broncos OL, Denver resident
Broncos 31, Seahawks 17 -- As long as it's not windy out, I think the Broncos have too much offensively.



Stuart Scott, "SportsCenter" anchor, "Monday Night Countdown" co-host
Broncos 31, Seahawks 23 -- Because it's not going to be that windy, and it won't be that cold, and Peyton Manning doesn't have to look Richard Sherman's way.



Hannah Storm, "SportsCenter" anchor
Seahawks 24, Broncos 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.

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