MVP: Russell Wilson
Why the Seahawks will win: The Seattle defense -- along with the weather -- holds the Broncos' passing offense and the scoring down. This allows the Seahawks to play their ball-control style, thus limiting Peyton Manning's touches.
MVP: Peyton Manning
Bold prediction: With the Broncos driving for the clinching score, Wes Welker will make a huge, difficult catch to seal it. While Manning is set to avenge his past big-game losses, Welker will do the same. He'll erase the memory of his tough drop in Super Bowl XLVI.
Bold prediction: Everyone is talking about Denver's offense, but I think Seattle's offense is going to shine in this game. That unit will win the Super Bowl.
Bold prediction: SNOW! SNOW! SNOW! It's going to be majestic, and I can't wait. Weather is a factor all year long -- should be the same in the Super Bowl ... and it finally will be! (Yes, I know what the weather reports say at the time that this was posted, but weather reports are predictably unpredictable. And you asked for a "bold prediction," right?)
Why the Broncos will win: With the weather looking to be fairly mild, all things considered, Seattle's mediocre offense will not be able to put up enough points to win. Expecting an extremely competitive Super Bowl. (Of course, I also wrote an entire column explaining this pick -- click here for these expanded thoughts.)
MVP: Knowshon Moreno
Bold prediction: Richard Sherman gets everybody riled up early with an interception to set up a score. And then he gets picked on late, giving up a key touchdown. Too much talking.
Why the Seahawks will win: When it comes to picking games, I have a system that uses 10 different variable statistics -- and it has these two squads nearly tied. However, Seattle's defense is just so good, and MetLife Stadium can be a tough place to play for pass-heavy offenses, so I'm going with the 'Hawks.
Bold prediction: While Seattle's defense obviously will play a huge role, the victory will be secured by the right foot of kicker Steven Hauschka, who will boot a field goal from 50-plus yards out to put the Seahawks over the top -- and it'll happen in overtime.
Why the Broncos will win: Hard to hold this explosive Denver team under 20 points.
MVP: Peyton Manning
Bold prediction: We'll see a great defensive game in the elements, one that will set the all-time TV-ratings record.
Bold prediction: Each team scores a special teams touchdown.
Bold prediction: There won't be a single sack recorded in the game.
Why the Seahawks will win: This was the worst possible matchup for the Broncos. Cold weather and a top-ranked defense with enough big-time cornerbacks to shut down Denver's receivers. Look how well the Patriots' defense held the Broncos' offense in check while Aqib Talib was still in the game. Plus the Seahawks have a much better pass rush to put pressure on Peyton Manning. And you know all about Manning and pressure.
MVP: Earl Thomas