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News-Press staff, local football players, coaches deadlocked on Super Bowl predictions

Football: Local prognosticators all tied up when trying to pick a winner between Denver, Seattle.

February 01, 2014|From Staff Reports

While those in the NFL with local ties have seen their seasons go by the wayside, much like the rest of the world, the impending Super Bowl is still plenty interesting to area football fans — sports writers, coaches, players and then some.

The New York area weather, Peyton Manning’s legacy, Richard Sherman’s mouth, Denver’s receivers, Seattle’s defense, Marshawn Lynch’s boss and plenty more have grabbed headlines in the lead up to Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday in New Jersey.

Both Denver and Seattle enter the most-watched sporting event having put together ultra-impressive seasons thus far as top seeds in their respective conferences.

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Led by future Hall of Famer Manning, the Broncos offense has put up record-setting numbers with a potent receiving corps featuring Denarious Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Julian Thomas proving too prolific for most defenses to contain. However, the running game, led by Knowshon Moreno, has oft been overlooked and underrated, much like the Broncos’ defense.

Seattle, on the other hand, is led by the NFL’s top defense, buoyed by Sherman, whose talk has been as controversial as his play has been outstanding. Sherman is joined by standout safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas in comprising quite likely the league’s best defensive backfield. Offensively, Lynch, who runs loud and talks low, is hoping to have Beastmode trending once more as he’s proven to be a postseason rushing dynamo, while quarterback Russell Wilson continues to show poise beyond his years.

So, who will win between former AFC West rivals in the latest battle for the Lombardi Trophy?

Well, we’re going to try to tell you.

The Glendale News-Press staff, along with local football coaches and players, offer their predictions.

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