ESPN Super Bowl XLVIII expert picks

As the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos prepare to joust in Super Bowl XLVIII, ESPN's crack staff of experts, writers, analysts, columnists and pundits boldly makes its predictions for the big game.


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John Clayton, ESPN.com senior writer
Seahawks 21, Broncos 17 -- Peyton Manning has to conquer the Legion of Boom and weather conditions, making this a tough matchup for Denver.



Jeffri Chadiha, ESPN.com columnist
Broncos 28, Seahawks 24 -- The Legion of Boom won't stop the NFL's best offense.



Ashley Fox, ESPN.com columnist
Broncos 27, Seahawks 20 -- No more legacy questions for Manning.



Terry Blount, ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter
Seahawks 27, Broncos 20 -- The Broncos have the best player, but the Seahawks have the best team.



Jeff Legwold, ESPN Denver Broncos reporter
Broncos 28, Seahawks 23 -- Drew Brees and Matt Schaub found enough room to throw for 300 yards against the Seahawks, and the Broncos have more weapons on offense than both the Saints and Texans.



Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter
Broncos 24, Seahawks 22 -- Eli won in Peyton's house; now Peyton wins in Eli's.



Bill Barnwell, Grantland.com
Seahawks 27, Broncos 16 -- Defense wins championships, and the Broncos don't have much of one after a season of injuries.



Scott Brown, ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter
Seahawks 24, Broncos 20 -- The Seahawks will control the clock behind Marshawn Lynch, and their defense will contain Peyton Manning.



Rich Cimini, ESPN New York Jets reporter
Broncos 28, Seahawks 20 -- Peyton Manning owned the regular season, and he'll own the postseason, too. It's his time. Again.



Rob Demovsky, ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter
Seahawks 27, Broncos 24 -- If the officials allow the Seahawks' defense to get physical with the Broncos, then the best defense in the NFL will handle the league's best offense.



Jeff Dickerson, ESPNChicago.com
Seahawks 24, Broncos 21 -- Seattle's fierce pass rush neutralizes Peyton Manning's ability to find his big-play receivers downfield.

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