AJ Ramon: The Prophet?

Last year the New England Patriots, led by Tom Brady won their fourth Super Bowl with a victory over the Seattle Seahawks. That prompted me to write this on February 2nd:

“What was going through Peyton Manning’s head as Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hoisted his fourth Super Bowl trophy? Well nobody knows for sure, but if it were me it would make me want to come back for one last hurrah. Brady, who has been Manning’s career antagonist, can lay claim to the best QB of all-time with his win over the Seattle Seahawks this past Sunday.

More often than not, we as media members try to compare individual players so we can have a rivalry to dissect, and with Brady’s last win, there isn’t much of a debate anymore between who is the better QB now that Brady has ring number four. Manning and Brady are both generational talents that will be 1st ballot Hall of Famers but their careers will always be intertwined due to the games they have played over their respective careers. Manning will probably go down as the greatest regular season QB of all-time while Brady goes down as the most clutch QB of all-time. The question as always has been, do you want MVPs? Or Lombardi Trophies? If MVPs was your answer then take Manning, if Lombardi’s was your answer take Brady. It was always the debate but now that Brady is the sole leader in post-season wins, touchdowns and has three Super Bowl MVP’s there aren’t many stats you could throw out that would change anybody’s mind about who the better QB is.

As Brady led his team to four scores, all passing TD’s someone asked me why Manning couldn’t do that last year. There was no sufficient answer on my part, aside from “He’s just better I guess.” We all seen Manning struggle against Seattle’s defense last year as the Broncos only scored eight points. Brady had 14 by halftime.

Even though the Seahawks lost the game, a hidden loser in all of this was Manning himself. Brady beat the Seahawks, including a fantastic game-winning drive against the most feared-secondary in the league while Manning could only muster up eight points. The win all but secured Brady as the best QB of his generation with Manning coming in second. I say all of this, because as a Broncos fan, I want to see Manning comeback. I want a fire to be lit in his soul. I want him to win the Super Bowl for Denver as long as he is healthy enough to do this. I want to see one more Manning/Brady matchup. If this was Manning’s last year, thank you for the memories, but if it isn’t, I hope to see Manning keep the rivalry alive with a Super Bowl win next year.”

Now obviously with the Broncos victory in Super Bowl 50 I can say I am a genius. We seen Manning make the comeback. We seen the Broncos win the Super Bowl. We watched one more Manning-Brady match-up. The sentiment remains the same a year later, if this is Manning’s last rodeo, thank you for the memories and now, the Super Bowl ring.

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Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50. Wow. Who would have thought 50 years ago that they would be seeing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos going up against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. The answer is Nostradamus or some other psychic that decided to remain anonymous. That’s besides the point, I can’t predict the future but what I can do is either 1. Win you a lot of money or 2. Lose you a lot of money. I’ll leave that up for you to decide. With that being said lets breakdown the game.

Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers (-6)

If you are new to gambling, the (-6) means Carolina is favored by six points. This means that in order for you to win your bet, the Panthers must win by seven or more. They can’t win by six because if it is six, then the bet becomes a push and nobody wins but nobody loses. OK now that’s out of the way let me breakdown the game.

The Denver Broncos arguably have the best edge rushers in the game. This is important in containing the read-option but that is where it comes down to Newton doing great things. The newly crowned league MVP, looks to cap off a magical season with a Super Bowl victory while the Sheriff, Manning, looks to cap off one of the best careers we’ve ever seen with a Super Bowl victory a la John Elway.

So this game comes down to defense, Carolina led by their rangy linebackers and Denver led by their pass rush and lock down secondary. Denver will look to establish the run game as always in hopes to take some pressure off of Manning. If the run game isn’t there expect a bunch of out routes and crossing routes so Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis don’t have a huge effect on the game.

Carolina will also try to do the same by establishing the run. Carolina has a great rushing offense and have one of the top three tight ends in the game with Greg Olsen. Not to mention the wild card Ted Ginn Jr. and the Panthers have a high-variance offense. There’s a reason they have averaged 40 points per game in the playoffs. SuperCam is SuperCam. He makes magic happen.

The Pick: All bias aside, this game will be close. I expect Denver to cover the (+6) and even win the game outright. I think this Denver team is battle tested and the Panthers haven’t faced a defense this good all year. (Seattle Fans look pissed off). One of two things are going to happen. Either Denver wins a close one or Carolina wins in a blowout. I choose the latter. Denver 23-21. This one’s for Pat.