Brock Osweiler, who some do not know at all, was Peyton Manning’s backup. Manning had sustained a foot injury that hindered him from being able to drive the ball down field and capability of maneuvering in the pocket. Osweiler took over for Manning in November and was 61.8% completion percentage and a passing total of 1,906 yards and 10 passing touchdowns countering 6 interceptions. He won a total of 3 games giving the Broncos hope for the number one seed.
However, if it wasn’t for the Broncos defense, they would not even be in the Super Bowl. The defense led by stars Von Miller, Demarcus Ware, TJ Ward and Aqib Talib have kept nearly every game of the 2015 season in contention for the offense. Being one of the top defenses in the league thanks to the combination of good pass rush and coverage, they held future Hall of Famer Tom Brady’s offense to only 18 points.
Peyton Manning has contributed a lot to this great season despite being hurt for a portion of it. He led to the Broncos to a 7-0 record in the beginning of the season and is looking forward to finishing with the trophy. With extensive rehab and Peyton’s smarts (Omaha), look for the savvy veteran to give the Panthers multiples looks they had never seen before.
In addition to Manning, the older Denver Broncos have more veterans than the Carolina Panthers. Thus, they also have more players that have gone through the Super Bowl game giving them more experience in the event. But that will not stop the the 17-1 Panthers. With almost a perfect record, the Panthers have emerged as a team with a young, dominate, high flying offense and a physical defense.
The leadership of Luke Kuechly, aka Captain America, has made the Panthers defense top 5 in the league. With lots of talent upfront, lead by Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short, Kony Ealy and Charles Johnson, the team has a stout front. In addition to Kuechly, veteran Thomas Davis is a beast as well. The biggest hole on the defense was the secondary, but safeties Tre Boston and Kurt Coleman have created many interceptions, especially against the Seahawks and Cardinals in the playoffs.
Offensively with the Panthers, Cam Newton, aka Superman, is what makes them go. Newton has been a dominate force all year. With the Panthers having “lackluster” receivers, Newton has disputed the claim making Ted Ginn, Philly Brown, Devin Funchess and Jerricho Cotchery an all-star receiver core. Cam Newton has been hard to deal with this season, throwing for nearly 4,000 passing yards, 35 touchdowns to only 10 slight interceptions, and also running for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a result, Newton has accounted for a majority of the points scored by the Panthers this season.
So what will be the difference maker in this game? Some might say that it’s all about the quarterbacks, and in a sense it is. Former MVP Peyton Manning and future MVP Cam Newton will share most of the spot light. But when it comes down to it, the question is what defense will be most dominant?
Frankly that is hard to figure out. However, when it comes down to it, it’s hard not to choose the Panthers just because of how hot Superman and Captain America have been. Regardless of what happens the game will be a fun to watch. But ultimately, I have the Panthers winning 28-17.