Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos appear on cover of Sports Illustrated

Wednesday January 22nd, 2014

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In advance of Super Bowl XLVIII, Peyton Manning and the Broncos appear on one of Sports Illustrated’s national covers this week. (Richard Sherman appears on the other.)

What will happen when the most prolific passing offense in history squares off against the NFL's most stingy secondary? SI's NFL experts explore that and more.

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"While no defense has truly stopped [the Broncos] attack yet, the Seahawks are equipped to do so," writes TheMMQB's Andy Benoit. "Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell can take away Demaryius Thomas and Erick Decker on the outside. ... Of course, Peyton Manning and his offensive coordinator, Adam Gase, will be well-prepared for such tactics."

Peter King also makes his pick for the NFL's biggest game. "Turnovers can change everything, and here the Seahawks are superior: They ended the regular season plus-20, while Denver was dead even at zero. The Legion of Boom had a large hand in most of those mistakes -- but so did Seattle's intimidating 12th Man, which Manning won't have to worry about in the Meadowlands."

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