The Seahawks are coming off an ungly road loss in the heat of San Diego, and the Denver Broncos are 2-0. So who are the national media picking to win the Super Bowl rematch at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.
Most believe it will be a close game (but wasn’t that what most of the “experts” said before the Super Bowl last February?), yet the media is lining up overwhelmingly on the side of Seattle winning. By my count, 29 of 34 media experts predicted a Seattle victory.
And the two biggest reasons? 1) The Seahawks’ will be fired up after the loss to the Chargers; 2) Seattle’s overwhelming home-field advantage.
So here are the picks across the country. We’ll update with more predictions as they come in, so check back in before the game.
Prediction: All 14 picks the Seahawks.
Comment: Losing last week will make the Seahawks even more fired up to win the Super Bowl rematch than they would have been coming off a victory. – Terry Blount.
Prediction: Seahawk, 31-23
Comment: It is a stunner to learn we haven’t been treated to a regular-season Super Bowl rematch since New England and Green Bay met in 1997, which seems an NFL lifetime ago. Who won that one, you ask? The Packers, just as they did the previous Super Bowl, picking up a 28-10 victory in Foxborough on a Monday night in Week 9. Any guesses who the New England coach was in that game? None other than one Peter Carroll, who took over the club Bill Parcells had led to the Super Bowl and went 10-6, winning the AFC East. He’s on the defending champion side of this Super Bowl rematch, but he’s still bouncing up and down and chewing that gum for all its worth. – Don Banks.
Prediction: Two of three pick Seahawk.
Prediction: Seven of nine pick Seahawks
Prediction: Seahawks 27, Broncos 20
Comment: The Broncos’ offense hasn’t yet been close to what we saw last season. They have moved the ball and scored, but have had trouble building on leads in the second half. Wes Welker helps, but not enough. The Seahawks will be pumped for a fast start and won’t relent as they finish, stepping on the gas with their own big-play ability. It will look much closer on the scoreboard, but the result won’t feel any better/different for Denver. – Vinnie Iyer
Prediction: Three of four pick Seahawks
Comment: “Not only is this a Super Bowl rematch but also a test of Seahawks’ resilience. Figure Seattle to get off to a good start and hold on late.” – Jerry Brewer
Prediction: Four of six pick Seahawks.
Comment: For the Seahawks, the home atmosphere could be just what they need to keep rolling toward the goal of a second straight Super Bowl win. Denver will come in motivated, but the Hawks’ nest will be buzzing with fans seeking retribution. The team will, too.
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