ESPN Super Bowl XLVIII expert picks

Michael DiRocco, ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter
Seahawks 24, Broncos 17 -- The Seahawks are one of the few teams with a secondary capable of physically badgering the Broncos' receivers and disrupting Peyton Manning's timing.

Gregg Easterbrook, Tuesday Morning Quarterback columnist
Seahawks 16, Broncos 13 -- The then-highest-scoring team ever flamed out in the '08 Super Bowl -- history repeats.

David Fleming, ESPN The Magazine, senior writer
Seahawks 31, Broncos 27 -- The bigger the game, the colder the weather, the more physicality trumps finesse.

Tania Ganguli, ESPN Houston Texans reporter
Seahawks 24, Broncos 20 -- Defense wins in this tantalizing matchup between the league's most diverse receiving group and its best secondary.

Greg Garber, senior writer
Seahawks 24, Broncos 21 -- No. 1 D trumps (barely) No. 1 O.

Ben Goessling, ESPN Minnesota Vikings reporter
Broncos 23, Seahawks 17 -- Peyton Manning went 5-3 against top-12 defenses this year, and while Seattle will give him trouble, he's got enough weapons and enough know-how to solve the Seahawks. This is his year.

Dan Graziano, ESPN New York Giants reporter
Seahawks 27, Broncos 24 -- No shame in this, but the Seahawks wear teams down, and they will be too strong for Peyton Manning to overcome in the fourth quarter.

Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter
Seahawks 26, Broncos 24 -- Seattle's defense proves to be more disruptive to Peyton Manning than the weather in New Jersey.

Coley Harvey, ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter
Broncos 23, Seahawks 17 -- The combination of Demaryius Thomas and some "Omaha!" magic will be just enough for Peyton Manning to overcome young counterpart Russell Wilson's Seahawks.

Jamison Hensley, ESPN Baltimore Ravens reporter
Seahawks 30, Broncos 22 -- Peyton Manning is the greatest regular-season quarterback in NFL history. Postseason? That's a different story.

Gary Horton, Insider
Broncos 27, Seahawks 20 -- When I first looked at film, I thought Seattle would impose its will. The more I watched, I saw that Peyton Manning is in a zone that very few players ever experience, and I don't know how Seattle can stop him.

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