Staff and celebrities predict Super Bowl XLVIII winner

News Tribune staffFebruary 2, 2014 

CURRENT & FORMER STAFF

TODD DYBAS
Seahawks reporter
Seahawks 30, Broncos 23
The Seahawks' secondary will buy its rush just enough time to get to Peyton Manning often enough that he ends up fumbling. That turnover, plus an interception, a solid day for Russell Wilson throwing and a big Percy Harvin kick return deliver the Seahawks their first title.
DAVE BOLING
Columnist
Seahawks 34, Denver 24
Seattle's toughest postseason game will turn out to be the NFC Championship beauty they fought out with San Francisco.
JOHN McGRATH
Columnist
Seahawks 27, Broncos 20
Count on a Wednesday blizzard of Skittles, during the victory parade.
DARRIN BEENE
Sports Editor
Seahawks 31, Broncos 20
The biggest hurdle to claiming their first NFL title was winning the NFC Championship. The Seahawks cleared that. Plan the parade.
IAN SWENSON
Digitial Editor
Seahawks 34, Broncos 23
Denver won't be able to stop Seattle's offense, and the Legion of Boom will limit Manning to two touchdowns.
DON RUIZ
Reporter
Seahawks 31, Broncos 21. Over a two-week build up it's easy to overthink things. Siimply, Seattle is the better team, and defense wins championships.
CRAIG HILL
Reporter
Seahawks 33, Broncos 24
After going 7-2 against top 10 defenses, Seattle's offense ought to find the going much easier against an average defense.
KARI PLOG
Reporter
Seahawks 24, Broncos 17
No doubt that Peyton is awesome but the Seahawks' defense will dominate.
JOE BARRENTINE
Photo editor
Seahawks 28, Broncos 14
Expect half of the Seahawks' points to be scored by the defense.
TONY OVERMAN
Photographer
Seahawks 34, Broncos 21
Seahawks' defense with get at least one touchdown and force a couple of turnovers.
JOHN CLAYTON
ESPN (Former News Tribune Seahawks writer)
Seahawks 21, Broncos 17
"I think there will be one or two wobbly passes that will be easy picks for the Seattle defense."
MIKE SANDO
ESPN (Former News Tribune Seahawks writer)
Seahawks 24, Broncos 20
"I have a hunch the Seahawks offense is going to play better now that it's not facing the likes of Arizona and San Francisco. We'll see."
ERIC D. WILLIAMS
ESPN (Former News Tribune Seahawks writer)
Seahawks 24, Broncos 20
"Denver's offense vs. Seattle's defense is a wash, but Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch will get the best of the Broncos' defense."

CELEBRITIES

RICH GANNON
Former NFL quarterback and current analyst for the NFL Network
Broncos 27, Seahawks 24
MO ROCCA
Comedian
"No matter how tough a Bronco is, a Seahawk can just soar over them."
RANDY MOSS
Former NFL wide receiver who played alongside Welker in New England
"I want to see (Wes) Welker winning the Super Bowl."
GABBY DOUGLAS
Gymnast and Olympic gold medalist
"Hmmm, I like them both. They both worked hard to get here. As an athlete I know what's its like for them to adapt to tough situations like the weather."
TEDY BRUSCHI
ESPN commentator and former NFL player
"I'm going to pick Denver to win."
JOE GANNASCOLI
Sopranos actor and NY Giants fan
Seahawks 24, Broncos 21
"That defense is for real."
REGIS PHILBIN
TV host
Broncos 21, Seahawks 17
WALDO from media day, aka, TOMMY KJAERSGAARD
Denmark TV reporter
Seahawks 23, Broncos 17
NICK CANNON
Actor and TV host
Broncos, but doesn't know the score. "If I knew that, I'd be in Vegas."
HANK AZARIA
Comedian and actor
"The cast of 'Castle' is going to win the game. I just know they're gonna pull it out."
NINA DAVULURIM
Miss America
Broncos 37, Seahawks 30
"The first Super Bowl I remember watching" was Denver vs. Green Bay.
JOE GIBBS
Former NFL head coach, winner of three Super Bowls
"I'm going to favor Denver unless the wind starts blowing and then I'm going to switch my bet."
PAT McCARTHY
Pierce County Executive
"The Seahawks by hair. It's going to be close."
NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
Broncos
Traditionally when the Dow Jones Industrial Average is close down before the Super Bowl, the AFC team wins. It's been right 79 percent of the time.
JEROME BETTIS
Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back
"Why are you putting me on the spot? Fifty-fifty. Everybody there (in Seattle) hates me anyway."
ISAIAH KACYVENSKI
Former Seahawks linebacker
Seahawks 24, Broncos 21
"The level of physicality of the Seahawks defense is something that doesn't exist in the AFC. They literally have an answer for every single offensive option that the Broncos have."
JAMIE FOXX
Actor and singer
Seahawks 21, Broncos 19
"… and not just because Russell Wilson is African-American."
MARLON WAYANS
Actor and comedian
Broncos
"They say defense wins championships except with Peyton Manning."
JESSE JACKSON
Civil rights activist
Seattle
Three reasons he thinks they will win: defense, underdog factor and Pete Carroll. "They have something to prove. And I think they will prove it."
LISA LESLIE
Former WNBA star and Olympian
Broncos 21, Seahawks 17
"I just think Peyton is so deserving. Although, Seattle has the best defense."
KEVIN COSTNER
Actor and director
"I don't know who's gonna win," he said. "I enjoy both these teams."
IVAN REITMAN
Director of Ghostbusters, Stripes
Seahawks
"I really dug them all year. I know John Nordstrom who owned the team … so he's talked me into it pretty hard."
DENIS LEARY
Comedian and actor
Seahawks
"I want it to snow 17 inches and rain on top of it like a (bleep). Old fashioned football where the champion is the team that (bleeping) live through it."
JENNIFER GARNER
Actress
"I just like the Patriots."

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