The day is finally here, the Super Bowl! The day after the Super Bowl might as well just be holiday considering it’s the most common day of the year that people call out of work. This year in the Super Bowl we have the Carolina Panthers of the NFC taking on the AFC’s Denver Broncos.
At the start of the year if you would’ve said the Panthers were going to go to the Super Bowl people would’ve just laughed at you. We had them winning 9 games this season and we were actually worried that might be too optimistic. Everyone expected the Panthers to slow down, even after their hot start, but they kept proving everyone wrong and continued to win games. They ended the regular season with a record of 15-1.
Cam Newton is going to win MVP this year and for obvious reasons. Let’s not forget that Newton’s best wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, suffered an injury in the preseason and was out for the entire season. Cam Newton has relied on his tight end, Greg Olsen, a lot and has resurrected Ted Ginn Jr. and Jerricho Cotchery.
Somehow Cam Newton led this offense to a league leading 31.2 points per game this season. Then you add the fact that Carolina has one of the best defenses in the NFL. It’s clear to see why they had such a dominant season and why they’re favored to win the Super Bowl.
At the start of the year, a lot of people would’ve probably saw the Broncos as contenders, but halfway through the season when Manning got hurt, it looked like they had no shot to get to the big game. I guess when you have the league’s best defense anything is possible.
Everyone is always so attracted to offense that they forget defense has a lot to do with a team’s success. You’ve heard the phrases before ” good pitching beats good hitting” and “offense wins games and defense wins championships.” Could that be the case this season? Could the Broncos top defense stop the top offense of Carolina? I guess we’ll see tomorrow.
Ever since Manning came back in the 2nd half of week 17 he’s looked better but still not great. Thankfully for him he has a lot of weapons on offense to help him out.
If Cam Newton runs all over the Denver defense like he has on every defense this season, then we may have a blow out on our hands. I don’t think that will be the case though. This seems like it’s been Carolina’s year, but when something like that seems so obvious it seems to go the other way.
When the Patriots went to the Super Bowl vs the Giants they had an 18-0 record but they lost the big game. A few years later when Manning had his record season of throwing 55 touchdown passes, he got absolutely man handled by the Seahawks. I could see this being another instance where everyone thinks that this year just belongs to Carolina and that they’ll run all over the Broncos. You can’t look past the top defense in the NFL and Manning has the experience, this now being his 4th Super Bowl. It’ll more than likely be the last one he plays in and he’ll want to go out with a ring, so you know he’s going to leave it all out there.
With the way Denver was embarrassed two years in the Super Bowl they’ll definitely be hungry to avenge themselves. I’m not going to go crazy here and tell you that the Broncos are going to win this game straight up, but I do believe they’ll make this game a lot more exciting than most people think and cover the number. So, throw some money on the game, sit back and relax, and watch the Broncos win you some money! You’ll want some extra cash for Valentine’s Day coming up!