Super Bowl 50 Preview: All-Out Blitz Staff Picks

February 7, 2016 • Ben Heck • AFC West, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Features, Front Page, NFC South, NFL Playoffs, Predictions, Preview

Well, the day has finally come. Super Bowl 50 kicks off this evening, marking the final game of the 2015-16 NFL season. We’re bound to see a great game, with it likely being Peyton Manning’s final professional football game following an illustrious career. Can he finish strong, or will Cam Newton and his Panthers continue what they’ve been doing all season and finish 18-1?

Here are some game picks from a few of the All-Out Blitz staff members:

Ben Heck: Panthers 28, Broncos 21

Both teams seem to have been underestimated for much of the season, and heading into tonight’s match-up we’ll get to see two of the league’s best defenses. If Carolina’s front line can protect Newton just a tad better than New England protected Brady in the AFC Championship game, I don’t think they’ll have near as much trouble against the front seven as the Patriots. Newton can make plays with his feet, and will be able to buy some time in the pocket and make plays, not to mention Carolina is one of the league’s top rushing offenses. As much as I hate to say it, I’m going with Carolina in a one-touchdown game, and I don’t think Peyton quite gets the storybook ending he’s hoping for.

Johnny Ulecka: Broncos 24, Panthers 16

This is Peyton Manning’s last ride in my opinion and what better it be a Super Bowl win. The Broncos’ defense can counter the Panthers offensive attack by applying pressure. I feel it will be a close game but Denver will prevail. Von Miller is my Super Bowl Most Valuable Player––predicting 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

Chris Stephano: Broncos 24, Panthers 21

Going into Super Bowl 50, not many experts are giving the Broncos a chance. After all, the Panthers didn’t go 15-1 by mistake. They have the most prolific offense in football (31.2 points/game), a great defense, and league MVP Cam Newton. In the midst of all the Panthers praise and the (well-deserved) Newton hype, however, people seem to be forgetting about the Broncos. The Broncos have a suffocating defense led by the best pass rush in the league. In spite of his mobility, Newton has struggled this season when facing pressure (71.1 passer rating). Expect the Broncos defense to keep the game close and, as long as Manning is able to protect the football, come away with a win.
Enjoy the game!

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