Football Credentials: Islanders Fantasy Football Commissioner
Favorite Team: New England Patriots
My Patriots aren’t in the Super Bowl, so it’s disappointing, but that’s only an every other year thing anyways.
They are two strong teams. Denver is very strong defensively. Offensively, they’ve struggled a bit, but two weeks ago they won without any turnovers and that’s huge. That’s what they are going to have to do in order for them to be successful; not turn the ball over. Carolina’s defense feeds off turnovers. Defensively, Denver has to stop Cam Newton and that offense, which has just been on fire. If Denver can stick to those, they have a good chance.
What's Peyton Manning’s Role Sunday:
You can only run the ball so much, so in order for them to win this, they are going to have to push the pace, stretch the field and get the ball deep because Carolina, you have to expect them to put up some points. You can’t expect Denver – as good as they are – to hold them to under 14 points the way that offense has been clicking. It’s going to be an uphill battle, but I’d like to see it happen, I’d like to see Peyton go out a winner.
So Who Wins?
It’s going to be an uphill battle for Denver. They have a lot working against them. I think Carolina is going to win. The problems they cause with their offense, the way they run their offense. It’s not like New England where you have Tom Brady sitting back there in the pocket. Cam Newton can run, do a lot of read options and it’ll be tough for Denver to figure that out and I don’t think they can stop it.
Football Credentials: All-State High School Quarterback in Minnesota, can run a 4.7 40-yard dash
I’m going for the underdog. They aren’t getting a whole lot of love, but I’m going for the Broncos in this game. It’s going to be tough though. Obviously Carolina is going to be the better team going into it, but I like Denver as the underdog.
Denver has to win this game on defense, right?
[Broncos cornerback] Aqib Talib is going to be huge for them. I think containing Cam, keeping him in the tackles and not letting him get loose is the key. They are going to have to limit him if they want to stop their offense.
How many points do the Broncos have to hold Carolina to in order to win?
20. No. 17.
So what will Peyton’s role be on Sunday?
He’ll be a game manager for most of the game, but he’ll have to sling it a few times, get some big third downs I’m sure. I bet he throws a couple of deep balls and if he connects on one or two of them, it’ll be big for them.
I like Cam a lot too. He’s the MVP this year, he’s had an unbelievable season, I just think it’d be cool to see Peyton go out on top.
What does Carolina have to do to win?
If they go in and play their game, they should be alright. If they can get their offense going like they have been all year, I think they’ll be tough to beat.
Forget betting on the actual game. The real money is made on the prop bets. NewYorkIslanders.com asked Lee and Strait for their picks.
1. WILL PEYTON MANNING ANNOUNCE HIS RETIREMENT IN THE POSTGAME INTERVIEW?
Yes +500 (5/1)
No -1000 (1/10)
2. HOW MANY TIMES WILL “DAB” OR “DABBING” BE SAID BY THE ANNOUNCERS DURING THE BROADCAST?
Over 2 (EVEN, 1/1)
Under 2 (-140, 5/7)
Lee: Under ("A sneaky under")
3. IF STEPH CURRY IS SHOWN ON TV DURING THE BROADCAST WHAT WILL HE BE WEARING?
Personalized Carolina Steph Curry Jersey 1/1
No Jersey 2/1
Cam Newton Jersey 3/1
Any Other Carolina Jersey 5/1
4. WILL THERE BE AN EARTHQUAKE DURING THE GAME?
5. WILL THE PANTHERS PLAYER WHO SCORES THEIR FIRST TD GIVE THE FOOTBALL TO A BOY OR GIRL?
Boy -200 (1/2)
Girl +150 (3/2)
6. WHAT COLOR WILL THE LIQUID BE THAT IS POURED ON THE WINNING COACH?
7. WHAT COLOR WILL BEYONCE’S FOOTWEAR BE WHEN SHE COMES ON STAGE FOR THE HALFTIME SHOW?