Predictions for Super Bowl 50
The WTOP sports staff brings you predictions on anything and everything on Super Bowl Sunday.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
AP Photo/Charlie Riedel
Over/under length of national anthem: 1:57
The anthem has averaged 1:57 seconds over the past 10 years. Yes, people track this. With Lady Gaga lined up for this year’s Star-Spangled Banner, take your pick.
J. Brooks, sports anchor: Over
Chris Cichon, weekend sports anchor: Under
Noah Frank, digital sports editor: Over
Dave Preston, sports anchor: Over
George Wallace, sports director: Under
Rob Woodfork, sports anchor: Over
(AP Photo/Matt York)
AP Photo/Matt York
Which player will score the first points of the game?
There are plenty of choices here, and yours probably gives some insight into how you think the game will go.
JB: Brandon McManus
CC: Graham Gano
NF: Ted Ginn
DP: Graham Gano
GW: Cam Newton
RW: Luke Kuechly
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
AP Photo/Kathy Willens
How many minutes into the game will we get before a Peyton Manning commercial airs (pregame not included)?
No face is likely to appear more, but will companies that choose to have Manning endorse them front- or back-load their ads?
JB: 6 minutes
CC: 7 minutes
NF: First break after kickoff (within 10 seconds)
DP: 5 minutes
GW: 6 minutes
RW: 5 minutes
(Photo by Jack Dempsey/Invision for Papa John’s/AP Images)
Photo by Jack Dempsey/Invision for Papa John’s/AP Images
Over/under on Cam Newton dabs: 2.5
The dab has been popularized thanks to Newton, but will he go back to the well in the biggest game of his life?
DP: Over (and over again)
(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth
Will more boys or girls in the crowd receive footballs after Panthers touchdowns (or tie)?
We assume the tradition will continue for the Super Bowl, but who will be the beneficiaries?
(AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
AP Photo/Mike McCarn
Over/under on John Elway on-screen appearances before the final whistle: 3.5
The actual Vegas line on this is 2.5, but we think that’s too low.
RW: Over (way over)
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
AP Photo/David Zalubowski
Which Coldplay song will open the halftime show?
Only the most important stuff here, folks.
JB: “When I Ruled the World”
CC: “Adventure of a Lifetime”
DP: Oasis’ “Champagne Supernova”
GW: None — they’ll play a cover
RW: “Viva La Vida”
(Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
Who will have more combined yards, Peyton Manning or Cam Newton?
This is less straightforward than it looks. If a team falls behind early, might their QB be forced to throw more to catch up?
(AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)
AP Photo/AJ Mast, File
Who will win MVP?
There are obvious choices, but with two top defenses, could there be a surprise here?
JB: Peyton Manning
CC: Luke Kuechly
NF: Luke Kuechly
DP: Cam Newton
GW: Peyton Manning
RW: Cam Newton
(Chris Keane/AP Images for Panini)
Chris Keane/AP Images for Panini
Will the Panthers win and cover (-5.5), win without covering, or will the Broncos win?
It’s all fun and good to pick winners and losers, but what about that line?
JB: Broncos win
CC: Panthers win and cover
NF: Panthers win and cover
DP: Panthers win and cover
GW: Broncos win
RW: Panthers win without covering
(AP Photo/John Locher)
AP Photo/John Locher
Will the combined score go over (45) or under?
In a game of two top defenses, will points be at a premium?
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
WASHINGTON — The best part about the Super Bowl is that the event is so much bigger than the game itself. It brings together hard-core, casual and even non-fans to watch the action, the commercials and everything in between.
And you can bet on all of it.
In that spirit, we’ve asked the members of the WTOP sports department for their predictions for a whole bunch of things on the field and off on Sunday. Click through the slides above, and feel free to play along at home and see if you can do better.
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