Who will win?

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Mesa County Sheriff

Prediction: Denver 26, Seattle 17

Key to the game: “The collective yelling across Colorado will create enough sonic energy that the polar vortex will be affected, causing a shift in the jet stream and a more pleasant spring for the country. Peyton Manning will be credited with saving America from this terrible, cold snowy weather.”


Colorado Mesa president

Prediction: Denver 20, Seattle 12

Key to the game: “Pot Roast (Broncos defensive lineman Terrance Knighton) is going to stop (Seattle’s) running game.”


Grand Junction mayor

Prediction: Denver 23, Seattle 13

Key to the game: “The cold temp will be a factor in turnovers. The ball will be difficult to handle, and the best defense on game day will win the game.”


Fruita Monument

football/basketball player

Prediction: Denver 41, Seattle 21

Key to the game: “Denver in a blowout, with Peyton Manning throwing five TDs.”


Grand Junction

softball/basketball player

Prediction: Denver 24, Seattle 20

Key to the game: “The Broncos because they have the most high-powered offense in the NFL.”


Colorado Mesa

All-American linebacker

Prediction: Denver 31, Seattle 21

Key to the game: “I think the Broncos defense needs to continue playing as well as they have the past two games. Offensively, I think they need to keep Peyton Manning’s jersey clean.”



football player/wrestler

Prediction: Denver 21, Seattle 14

Key to the game: “Richard Sherman can’t handle Denver’s offense.”


Grand Junction

basketball player

Prediction: Denver 23, Seattle 20

Key to the game: “My team is the 49ers, so I want the Broncos to win. I don’t think they can stop Demaryius Thomas.”

Jim Davis

1340-AM Radio

Prediction: Denver 21, Seattle 13

Key to the game: “Knowshon Moreno rushes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Peyton Manning throws for a touchdown, and the best rush defense in the playoffs holds Marshawn Lynch under 100 yards.”

Issac Morales


Prediction: Denver 32, Seattle 24

Key to the game: “I don’t think the Seahawks are built to win championships.”

Keith Allen

Grand Junction

Prediction: Seattle 21, Denver 17

Key to the game: “I think (Seattle’s) defense is able to put up with Peyton Manning.”

Ashley Sullivan

Grand Junction

Prediction: Denver 27, Seattle 21

Key to the game: “I think it will be a low-scoring game because of the weather conditions, but Peyton Manning beats all.”

Tess Matsakawa

Puyallup, Wash.

Prediction: Seattle 28, Denver 21

Key to the game: “Because the Seahawks run the ball and the weather will be poor, the Seahawks will win.”

Adrienne Barlow


Prediction: Denver 23, Seattle 17

Key to the game: “The Broncos are strong offensively, but it won’t be a very high-scoring game. Seattle has a very good defense, but Denver has the best offense.”

Ashley Sutton-Daniels

Grand Junction

Prediction: Seattle 34, Denver 24

Key to the game: “Lots of field goals. These are my top two teams, and since I picked them to win in the Super Bowl, no one has understood my dilemma. My entire family is Broncos fans, and they don’t understand my dilemma.”

Evan Cunningham

Gillete, Wyo.

Prediction: Seattle 31, Denver 17

Key to the game: “Because defense wins championships.”

Hailey Bunk

Grand Junction

Prediction: Denver 24, Seattle 21

Key to the game: “It just seems like every Super Bowl lately has been close.”

Nikki Machmuller

La Veta

Prediction: Denver 24, Seattle 21

Key to the game: “Peyton Manning. And Decker. I love Decker.”

The Daily Sentinel sports department staff

Dale Shrull

Prediction: Denver 27, Seattle 23

Key to the game: Big games are about big plays and turnovers, and Denver needs to win both those battles. Defensively, it comes down to containing Seattle’s two main offensive threats — Marshawn Lynch on the ground and Russell Wilson’s scrambling. Peyton Manning will move the ball, but more than one turnover could doom Denver. Special teams will play a role, and the Broncos must get touchdowns instead of field goals. Smart pick in cold weather would probably be on the Seahawks and their defense but I think Manning will chisel another piece of his legacy of greatness with his second Super Bowl win.

Tim Harty

Prediction: Denver 23, Seattle 21

Key to the game: Teams with defenses as good as Seattle’s is this year traditionally win the Super Bowl (think middle-to-late-1970s Steelers, 1985 Bears, 1986 Giants, 2000 Ravens, 2002 Buccaneers). And the record-setting offenses often get slowed down, even in victory (1999 and 2001 Rams, 2009 Saints, 2007 and 2011 Patriots). I see that happening today, but I think the ultimate difference will be Denver’s defense. The Broncos will limit running back Marshawn Lynch and contain quarterback Russell Wilson, and Denver’s offense will do just enough to win this game.

Allen Gemaehlich

Prediction: Denver 24, Seattle 20

Key to the game: The Broncos offense clicks when it gets into a rhythm. As long as the offensive line can prevent the Seahawks from disrupting the rhythm and the Broncos don’t turn the ball over, Manning can find the right receiver. Denver’s defense will need another solid performance against the run and force Seattle into passing situations.

Matt Meyer

Prediction: Seattle 31, Denver 28

Key to the game: Full disclosure, I’m a Broncos fan. But the Seahawks secondary is scary. They’re mean, nasty, physical and absolutely gigantic. If any team can slow down the Broncos record-breaking passing attack, it will be the best secondary in recent memory. The front seven for Seattle is the X-factor, and if Peyton is rushed, the Legion of Boom will feast on some ducks. A late interception sets up a game-winning field goal by Steven Hauschka and a heartbreaking loss for the Broncos. Marshawn Lynch rushes for more than 100 yards with three touchdowns and stuffs his face with Skittles during the post-game celebration.

Robert McLean

Daily Sentinel copy editor/designer

Prediction: Denver 37, Seattle 24

Key to the game: Peyton Manning’s weapons prove to be too much for the NFL’s top-ranked defense, as Demaryius Thomas burns Richard Sherman for a pair of touchdowns, and Knowshon Moreno keeps the Seahawks off-balance with more than 100 yards rushing and a score. The Broncos reverse a fourth-quarter deficit with two late TDs, and “This One’s For Peyton!

Greg Mikolai

President, District 51 School Board

Prediction: Denver 28, Seattle 13

Key to the game: “The biggest key to the game is can (Broncos wide receiver Wes) Welker be a factor. If he gets six to eight catches, he’s going to be a factor.”

Lori Buck

Fruita mayor

Prediction: Denver 35, Seattle 21

Key to the game: “The key will be Mr. Peyton Manning and the weather.”


R-Grand Junction

Prediction: Denver 27, Seattle 14

Key to the game: “Our quarterback is going to pick the Seahawks apart.”

Shawn Marsh

Central football coach

Prediction: Denver 35, Seattle 21

Key to the game: “The Broncos will win it, of course.”

Robbie Owens

Grand Junction
football coach

Prediction: Denver 31, Seattle 24

Key to the game: “I’m a huge Peyton Manning guy from the coaching perspective.”

Sean Mulvey

Fruita Monument

football coach

Prediction: No score given

Key to the game: “I’m not a prognosticator, that’s not my business. I don’t predict things. But I hope it’s a good game, and I hope the Broncos play well.”


Mesa County

Prediction: Denver 27, Seaslugs 13

Key to the game: “The key to this victory will be a near flawless performance by the Bronco offense combined with a great Bronco downfield pass defense.”


Colorado Student

Government President

Prediction: Denver 34, Seattle 23

Key to the game: “There will be a lot of early field goals with Manning opening up the offense at the end of the third quarter to pull away in the fourth.”


R-Grand Junction

Prediction: Denver 24, Seattle 10

Key to the game: “As long as the receivers get open, Manning will be the key to dominating the Seahawks.”

Brandon Milholland

Cedaredge football coach

Prediction: Denver 23, Seattle 14

Key to the game: “Only reason I’m picking those numbers is because that’s what I drew on the chart at school to win 10 bucks.”


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