Super Bowl 50 picks

Broncos vs. Panthers

Jennifer Badie (160-106, 1-1)


Panthers 27, Broncos 17

The Panthers are just the better overall team, and the Broncos defense won't have an answer for Cam Newton.


Jon Meoli (171-95, 1-1)

Panthers 34, Broncos 21

The Panthers' propensity for jumping out to large leads then giving them up will show up here, but this game will never really be in doubt. Peyton Manning's last ride will not be an enjoyable one.

Mike Preston (164-102, 1-1)

Panthers 21, Broncos 17:

In the postseason a team has to come up with explosive offensive plays to be successful, and the Broncos are limited. Both defenses can dominate but this seems to be Cam Newton's year. He isn't Superman, but he is the best player in the NFL at this time.

Alexander Pyles (161-105, 1-1)

Broncos 27, Panthers 24


It's easy to discount defense in this era of the NFL, but it's time to stop. The Broncos are excellent on that side of the ball and it's hard to believe Peyton Manning's career will end with a feeble performance in the Super Bowl.

Peter Schmuck (167-99, 2-0)

Panthers 27, Broncos 23

It's possible that Cam Newton really is Superman and it's also possible that this will be the last time Peyton Manning puts on a football helmet. So, you've got to go with the superhero over the possibly retiring superstar.

Childs Walker (168-98, 1-1)

Panthers 27, Broncos 20


The same Denver defense that hounded Tom Brady will keep this Super Bowl competitive. But Carolina has been the league's most consistent team, and Cam Newton will be the most dynamic threat on the field. That should be enough.

Jeff Zrebiec (163-103, 1-1)

Panthers 20, Broncos 17

Could I see Peyton Manning leading the Broncos to a Super Bowl victory and riding off into the sunset? Sure. But I just can't overlook the fact that the Panthers have been the more balanced and dominant team. This is Cam Newton's time.