Here we go! Super Bowl begins very soon, so let the breaking down of the game pass the next 30 minutes by fast and please enjoy the game in a fun and loving way!
The Panthers are the favorites that’s quite clear and they are the most popular among the fans with no allegiance to either team.
I was thinking about the game last night when I thought how will Carolina handle the pressure of the Super Bowl and being favorites? How will they handle the pressure from everyone looking at them and telling them how great they are? It’s the kind of pressure the Patriots along with a fierce pass rush by the Giants, couldn’t overcome in 2007. If any team can handle this kind of pressure it is the Carolina Panthers with all that confidence. If any QB can handle it, it is Cam Newton will all of his confidence. Another question is Cam Newton and how he will handle being the MVP, offensive player of the year, the most talked about player in this game, and the Broncos defense having to hear about him every other question? How will he, never playing in this game before, handle the spotlight? He has talent and confidence, but this is a new level of pressure for the young QB and the team. It will be interesting to see tonight.
I look at Denver and everybody knowing the Broncos have the best defense in the NFL, but they keep saying they can’t stop Newton enough to win. I think how much pride they have and how much want too, so I think it’s dangerous to disrespect them. Can defense still Championships? We will see because they have to survive the first quarter of waves Carolina will send their way. They also have to shut the run game down along with the pass and keep Carolina from scoring over 24 points for the entire game, but they have proved countless times they can handle that much pressure. The offense run by Old Man Sheriff Peyton Manning, who is now a game manager. He has to make more plays with his head than ever before and hand the ball off way more than he has in his career and not turn it over. He is a game manager at this stage in his career, but he is a veteran who knows big games. And, what a game manager to have in a hall-of-famer like Peyton Manning.
If this was New England, I’d say the Patriots would have to kill Carolina with bug bites, short passes over the middle, but it’s not. The Pats would attack the middle and rightfully so, don’t play a vertical game with a vertical defense. Denver must do the same, but we will see if their coaches are willing to make a different game plan than normally tonight. Peyton will have to make the 20 yard throws over the middle tonight, Carolina will force it.
I can see this game going either way, a Carolina blow out or a nail biting Denver win. I’am hoping for a super close game!
I will pick Denver just because they prove countless times this season they can handle close games and big pressure.
But, if I wouldn’t doubt nor be shocked if Carolina won, this just may be their year.