Super Bowl XLVIII Prediction (Trifone): Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks

Super Bowl XLVIII is set up to be a terrific matchup between the NFL's best offense and best defense.

The Broncos broke a lot of offensive records this year, including the team scoring record previously held by the 16-0 Patriots, and Peyton Manning threw for more yards and touchdowns than any other quarterback in the history of the NFL.

The feat might seem less impressive these days, with rule changes favoring the offense, but keep in mind that Drew Brees had the second-most touchdown passes this year with 39, meaning Peyton had 16 more touchdowns than the next closest quarterback. Denver's offensive weapons are second to none, and they have great depth at wide receiver and tight end. Even for a great defense, they are going to be tough to stop.

The Seahawks, on the other hand, had the league's most stingy defense. They gave up the fewest points this season with 231, and had the second-best point differential, behind only the Broncos. Seattle has been near unbeatable at home, but have had some offensive struggles on the road.

This year's Super Bowl being in New York creates an interesting dynamic that we've never seen in a Super Bowl before. On a neutral field, I would give Denver the nod in this game. They had some question marks coming into the playoffs, but they were never in any real danger against the Chargers, and easily handled the Patriots in the AFC Championship.

As far as I'm concerned, they put to bed any ideas of Manning choking or of any ideas that Denver is too flawed to win it all. The defense stepped up when it needed to, and the offense has been methodical.

Ultimately, I think that Seattle has a few more flaws than Denver does, and while the weather should keep this game tight, I still like the Broncos to come out on top.

I'll take Denver to win in the elements, 27-19.

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