ESPN Super Bowl XLVIII expert picks



Phil Sheridan, ESPN Philadelphia Eagles reporter:
Broncos 27, Seahawks 16 -- Whether the opponent is Russell Wilson or the Seattle defense, you just have to go with Peyton Manning.



Adam Teicher, ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter
Broncos 27, Seahawks 20 -- Great offense beats great defense in the modern NFL.



Mike Triplett, ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter
Broncos 23, Seahawks 19 -- Despite the weather and Seattle's great defense, I'm going with the offense I trust more.



Nick Wagoner, ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter
Seahawks 24, Broncos 20 -- Much will depend on how the game is officiated, but the notion that defense wins championships proves true as Seattle's top-ranked defense does enough to slow Denver's historic offense.



James Walker, ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter
Seahawks 24, Broncos 21 -- I picked Seattle over Denver in the Super Bowl back in August, so I'm sticking with my prediction.



Calvin Watkins, ESPNDallas.com
Seahawks 21, Broncos 17 -- The Seahawks' defense will be too much for the Broncos to overcome.



Josh Weinfuss, ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter
Broncos 27, Seahawks 24 -- Unless it's a blizzard, Peyton Manning will be able to conduct the Broncos' offense as he wishes, picking apart a very good secondary as only Manning can.



Mike Wells, ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter
Broncos 31, Seahawks 20 -- Seattle's got the best defense in the league, but Manning's had two weeks to figure it out. That's more than enough time for him to win his second Super Bowl.



Seth Wickersham, ESPN The Magazine senior writer
Seahawks 23, Broncos 20 -- In the Seahawks' minds, the real championship was against the 49ers. If they hit Manning early -- big if, but still -- it's their game to lose.



Eric D. Williams, ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter
Seahawks 24, Broncos 20 -- Seattle's defense versus Denver's offense is a wash, but the Hawks' offense is better than the Broncos' defense.



Bill Williamson, ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter
Broncos 27, Seahawks 21 -- The weather and the Seattle defense will not make it easy, but Peyton Manning's mind-blowing season is going to end with him on top.

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