ESPN Super Bowl XLVIII expert picks

KC Joyner, Insider
Broncos 27, Seahawks 20 -- Denver is 11-0 this season when giving up fewer than 27 points. Seattle's offense isn't hitting on all cylinders, and it's hard to see the Seahawks reaching that 27-point mark.

John Keim, ESPN Washington Redskins reporter
Broncos 27, Seahawks 24 -- I love everything about Seattle's defense and typically would pick them, but they're facing one of the best quarterbacks in history -- and he happens to be having one of his best seasons. But I also like Denver's run game – offensively and defensively.

Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter
Broncos 27, Seahawks 23 -- A deathblow, we can hope, to "Peyton doesn't win big games" and "Peyton can't win in the cold."

Vaughn McClure, ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter
Broncos 27, Seahawks 24 -- All the talk will surround Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman, but Broncos kicker Matt Prater, coming off an illness, ends up being the hero no matter what elements he encounters in the cold-weather Super Bowl.

Pat McManamon, ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter
Broncos 27, Seahawks 24 -- Seattle's defense stops a lot of people, but it won't stop Peyton Manning. This is his year.

David Newton, ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter
Broncos 24, Seahawks 13 -- Peyton Manning is playing too well to give Richard Sherman a chance to gloat, and the Denver defense is playing too well against Seattle's offensive strength, the running game.

Mike Reiss, ESPN New England Patriots reporter:
Broncos 24, Seahawks 17 -- Was impressed with the way Denver played the run against the Patriots, and that is the key against Marshawn Lynch and Co.

Mike Rodak, ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter
Seahawks 24, Broncos 21 -- Hard to see a Super Bowl shootout in chilly New Jersey, so the edge goes to Seattle's stingier defense.

Michael Rothstein, ESPN Detroit Lions reporter
Seahawks 27, Broncos 21 -- The weather doesn't end up being an issue, but Richard Sherman does as he intercepts two passes to take the MVP award and the Lombardi Trophy.

Mike Sando, Insider
Seahawks 24, Broncos 20 -- Seattle was my preseason choice, and I'm not going to reverse course with the Seahawks' defense playing so well. I think they'll need something from Percy Harvin, too.

Kevin Seifert, ESPN NFL Nation writer
Seahawks 29, Broncos 24 -- Great defense always beats great offense, even in the Quarterback Era. Or something like that.

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