Down in Bronco country a Denver Broncos vs. Any team scenario would be just fine come February 3, 2013 in New Orleans.
Here are some of the most likely Superbowl XLVII scenarios, analyst predictions and, of course, the main one I would like to see – Peyton Manning vs. RGIII!
Denver Broncos vs. Washington Redskins
No NFL head coach has ever won the Superbowl with two different teams. Mike Shanahan, heach coach for the Washington Redskins and two-time Superbowl winning head coach of the Denver Broncos has a chance to make history, that story would be even more interesting if it was a Superbowl victory against his former team.
Superbowl XLVII Broncos Predictions:
Ian Rapoport and Charley Casserly (NFL Network) like the Denver Broncos over the San Francisco 49’ers. Ian says “Over the past two months, it’s been nearly impossible to find a flaw in the Broncos. And it’s almost as difficult to find a better story than Peyton Manning’s unreal comeback. Manning will punctuate his return with his second Super Bowl victory by beating the tough and physical 49ers, who will outlast the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game — barely.”
Aditi Kinkhabwala (NFL Network) likes the Denver Broncos over Atlanta Falcons. She says “Yes, the two No. 1 seeds are boring. But Matt Ryan is playing with ice in his blood, and the Falcons’ defense plays on the edge. Peyton Manning winning in New Orleans — where he grew up — is the storybook ending.”
Shaun O’Hara (NFL Network) likes the Denver Broncos over Atlanta Falcons. He says “With an unblemished home record behind him, Matt Ryan pushes past the Seattle Seahawks and gets revenge on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers for beating Atlanta at home in the 2010 playoffs. However, the Falcons lose to the Broncos in the Super Bowl. Peyton Manning will lift the Broncos over the Ravens and out-duel the “Brady Bunch,” but the Broncos’ defense is what cinches it for Denver, mostly thanks to the way Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller put pressure on Ryan. Cut to John Elway saying, “This one’s for Peyton!”
Elliot Harrison (NFL.com) likes the Denver Broncos over Green Bay Packers. He says “As things sit at this moment — and I’ve been known to change my mind once I write my picks column — I like Denver over Green Bay. The Broncos are running the football effectively, which, in addition to making the offense more diversified (so it’s not all on Peyton Manning’s shoulders), allows them to close. Clock ball is still not out of style, even in today’s NFL. Meanwhile, my sense is that Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers will get hot in the postseason. The Packers’ secondary has been a problem, but with Charles Woodson back, that unit’s strength will become its flexibility … even if tackling is still a bit of an issue.”
Kimberly Jones (NFL Network) likes the Denver Broncos over Washington Redskins. She says “About a month ago, we were sure that the matchup would be Peyton vs. Eli in New Orleans, and Twitter would implode. Instead, it’ll be Peyton leading the Broncos over the Redskins as Robert Griffin III’s dream season falls just short.”
Adam Rank (NFL.com) likes the Seattle Seahawks over Denver Broncos. He says “The Seahawks and Broncos are not only the hottest teams in the NFL right now (though the Washington Redskins should be in that conversation, too), but also the most complete. Both teams have strong running attacks and a strong defense to go along with great quarterback play. The Seahawks’ run reminds me a lot of the way the New York Giants got hot last season.”
Other Superbowl XLVII Predictions:
Gregg Rosenthal (NFL.com) likes the Green Bay Packers over New England Patriots.
Heath Evans (NFL Network) likes the Seattle Seahawks over New England Patriots.
Daniel Jeremiah (NFL.com) likes the Green Bay Packers over New England Patriots.
Jeff Darlington (NFL Network) likes the New England Patriots over Green Bay Packers.
Dave Dameshek (NFL.com) likes the Green Bay Packers over New England Patriots.
Adam Schein (NFL.com) likes the Green Bay Packers over New England Patriots.
Albert Breer (NFL Network) likes the Green Bay Packers over New England Patriots.
Jason Smith (NFL.com) likes the New England Patriots over Green Bay Packers.
Do the talking heads at NFL Network know best? We’ll find out. But the Denver Broncos fans will be encouraged that many analysts are not only picking the Broncos to represent the AFC in Superbowl XLVII, but to win it!