Super Bowl breakdown, prediction

Examining key factors that will help determine winner of Broncos-Seahawks

Updated: January 27, 2014, 11:22 AM ET
By Herm Edwards | ESPN Insider

Peyton Manning and Russel WilsonGetty ImagesPeyton Manning and Russell Wilson will face off on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII.

After an impressive 26-16 win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning have earned the right to play in another Super Bowl. They'll meet the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, as Seattle came back and held off the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in a terrific NFC Championship Game.

Will Manning win his second Super Bowl? Will Russell Wilson win his first? Can Seattle's defense slow down Manning and the NFL's highest-scoring offense?

Let's preview Super Bowl XLVIII as I did the conference title games last week: looking at which team has the advantage on offense, defense and special teams, along with an X factor. I'll also give my pick on the game.


Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos


Offense: Denver's offense is truly multidimensional, and as I've mentioned before, Manning is a pure distributor of the football. He likes to work inside the hash marks out, and will find the open man. But the biggest thing to understand about this offense is that it's predicated on moving the chains and not making any negative plays. Manning understands just about every defense you can throw at him and is continuously processing more information about your defensive game plan on every successive offensive play he runs.