The Super Bowl takes place Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. (Tom Pennington / Getty Images)
Detroit News writers Chris McCosky, Josh Katzenstein, Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo predict the winner of the Seahawks-Broncos matchup in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday in New Jersey.
Chris McCosky: Virtually every metric used to assess the strengths and weaknesses of football teams suggests that the Seahawks will win Super Bowl XLVIII. Their defense is the stingiest, it forces more turnovers than any other team, itís better built to hold up in adverse conditions, etc. But often these games are determined by less tangible factors. We saw the indomitable spirit of Ray Lewis propel the Ravens last season. We could very well see Peyton Manning, with his will and his wisdom, do the same for the Broncos this year. Broncos 24, Seahawks 17
Josh Katzenstein: The NFC has been the superior conference for most of the season, so it's only fitting the conference's representative wins the Super Bowl. Quarterback Peyton Manning will be able to score with his array of receiving weapons, but the Seahawks defense is vastly superior to anything Denver has seen this season. There's also no way the Broncos defense can stop Marshawn Lynch, who will go into Beast Mode once again. Seahawks 27, Broncos 21
Bob Wojnowski: It's the latest attempt to answer the ancient question of Great Defense versus Great Quarterback, and with some trepidation, I'm going with Richard Sherman over Peyton Manning in a classic. Seahawks 27, Broncos 23
John Niyo: Russell Wilson's run threat could turn the tables on the Broncos. But I still think Peyton Manning has enough weapons at his disposal to beat Richard Sherman & Co., especially on a neutral field. Then again, if it rains ... Broncos 28, Seahawks 24