- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 30, 2014

SUPER BOWL XLVIII

SEATTLE VS. DENVER

SUNDAY, 6 P.M., TV - FOX, RADIO - 980 AM

1. Will Peyton Manning be more than average?


In his two previous Super Bowl appearances – one win, one loss – the quarterback has completed 67.5 percent of his passes for two touchdowns, two interceptions and a combined 85.4 passer rating. That might not get it done against the Seahawks’ stingy defense.

2. Which Russell Wilson will show up?

The quarterback completed just nine of 18 passes for 103 yards and did not throw for a touchdown in the divisional round victory over the Saints, then went 16-for-25 for 215 yards and a touchdown while defeating the 49ers in the NFC championship.

3. Can Percy Harvin have an impact?

Acquired via trade during the offseason, the former Vikings receiver has played in only two games because of a variety of injuries. He’s a threat when healthy, but it’s uncertain if he’ll be able to play at a high level on Sunday.

4. How will Seattle’s offense match up with Denver’s defense?

The Broncos’ offense and Seahawks’ defense were the No. 1-ranked units during the regular season, but the game will be won on the other side. Seattle had the 26th-ranked pass offense and fourth-ranked run offense, while Denver had the 27th-ranked pass defense and seventh-ranked run offense.

5. What role will the weather play?

Current predictions call for snow on Sunday morning, but expect it to taper off by kickoff. Still, temperatures figure to dip into the high-20s. The success of this game will determine whether future cold-weather cities host the Super Bowl.

Zac Boyer’s prediction: Denver 26, Seattle 24

Brian McNally’s prediction: Seattle 27, Denver 24