We’re just over a week from the “Big Game,” and the rhetoric is not difficult to read. Few people outside of the Broncos’ faithful fans are giving the them any kind of a chance in this game. The spread continues to grow in Carolina’s favor, and the pundits are drinking the Kool-Aid. We’ll remain as objective as possible at Goliath, and break this thing down looking at the potential strengths and weaknesses of both squads, and what could potentially happen. Here are nine X-factors that will determine Super Bowl 50.
9. Peyton Manning vs. Cam Newton
Isn’t it rather silly when networks and news outlets pair quarterbacks with a vs. as if they will see one another on the field? Like it’s a boxing match-up or something? That’s what fantasy sports will do to a pregame breakdown. Cam Newton and Peyton Manning will never see one another on the field until the game ends and they shake hands; however, there is a huge one-on-one battle between the two in this game, and it’ll take place above the neck. Both quarterbacks are facing formidable defenses. There is no denying Cam’s physical prowess and dominant talent, but which quarterback will make the best mental adjustments, and play the best combination of series over four quarters? Which quarterback will play the clock better, and keep the opposing defense on the field longer? Who will remain patient if it plays tight?