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The Big Lead Staff Super Bowl XLVIII Picks and Predictions

Here are our picks for the winner of this Sunday’s game, along with the MVP predictions, and our takes on some of the “hot” prop bets that are circulating for the Super Bowl.

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Winner: Denver 27, Seattle 24

MVP: Peyton Manning

Which player will score the first touchdown of the game? Marshawn Lynch

Who will appear on TV first after the kickoff, Pam Oliver or Erin Andrews? Pam Oliver

With the game being between teams from Washington and Colorado, will announcers say the word “marijuana” at any point in the broadcast? No, but they will refer to Beast Mode.

The over/under on number of times Peyton Manning says “Omaha” during the live broadcast is 27.5. How many times will it be heard before you stab yourself with a fork? Infinity. I already have to put corks on the end of my fork.

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Ryan Glasspiegel

Winner: Seattle 24, Denver 23

MVP: Marshawn Lynch

Which player will score the first touchdown of the game? Marshawn Lynch

Who will appear on TV first after the kickoff, Pam Oliver or Erin Andrews? Andrews.

With the game being between teams from Washington and Colorado, will announcers say the word “marijuana” at any point in the broadcast? Of course not.

The over/under on number of times Peyton Manning says “Omaha” during the live broadcast is 27.5. How many times will it be heard before you stab yourself with a fork? The two are uncorrelated events, but I don’t envision a self-inflicted fork incident this Sunday because I only plan on eating with my hands, and sloppily.

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Michael Shamburger

Winner: Denver 31, Seattle 27

MVP: Peyton Manning

Which player will score the first touchdown of the game? Demaryius Thomas

Who will appear on TV first after the kickoff, Pam Oliver or Erin Andrews? Erin Andrews

With the game being between teams from Washington and Colorado, will announcers say the word “marijuana” at any point in the broadcast? No, Joe Buck won’t go there.

The over/under on number of times Peyton Manning says “Omaha” during the live broadcast is 27.5. How many times will it be heard before you stab yourself with a fork? More likely I’ll be GIF’ing something and won’t have time to stab myself with any forks.

Stephen Douglas

Winner: Denver 28, Seattle 27

MVP: Peyton Manning

Which player will score the first touchdown of the game? Knowshon Moreno

Who will appear on TV first after the kickoff, Pam Oliver or Erin Andrews? Erin Andrews

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With the game being between teams from Washington and Colorado, will announcers say the word “marijuana” at any point in the broadcast? No.

The over/under on number of times Peyton Manning says “Omaha” during the live broadcast is 27.5. How many times will it be heard before you stab yourself with a fork? Peyton can say it a thousand times and it doesn’t bother me. The first time an announcer mentions this, I will be annoyed. If I ever encountered someone who actually put money on this stupid thing, I would leave that house or bar immediately.

Jason McIntyre

Winner: Denver 24, Seattle 23

MVP: Peyton Manning.

Which player will score the first touchdown of the game? Eric Decker.

Who will appear on TV first after the kickoff, Pam Oliver or Erin Andrews? Erin Andrews.

With the game being between teams from Washington and Colorado, will announcers say the word “marijuana” at any point in the broadcast? No.

The over/under on number of times Peyton Manning says “Omaha” during the live broadcast is 27.5. How many times will it be heard before you stab yourself with a fork? Three.

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Ty Duffy

Winner: Seahawks 31-24

MVP: Russell Wilson

Russell WIlson

Which player will score the first touchdown of the game? Julius Thomas

Who will appear on TV first after the kickoff, Pam Oliver or Erin Andrews? Erin Andrews

With the game being between teams from Washington and Colorado, will announcers say the word “marijuana” at any point in the broadcast? Yes. Joe Buck, edgy comic, drops in a sly reference.

The over/under on number of times Peyton Manning says “Omaha” during the live broadcast is 27.5. How many times will it be heard before you stab yourself with a fork? Three. I will be eating chili with a spoon. So, I must be annoyed enough to get off the couch and obtain a fork. Would guess he changes it to a dead signal.

Mike Cardillo 

Winner: Seattle 31, Denver 28

MVP: Marshawn Lynch

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Which player will score the first touchdown of the game? Lynch

Who will appear on TV first after the kickoff, Pam Oliver or Erin Andrews? Oliver

With the game being between teams from Washington and Colorado, will announcers say the word “marijuana” at any point in the broadcast? Yes, at 4:20 of each quarter, a-doi. 

The over/under on number of times Peyton Manning says “Omaha” during the live broadcast is 27.5. How many times will it be heard before you stab yourself with a fork? Once or twice at most. Peyton will probably come up with a new word like “Pizza” and then use it in his next commercial.

Tim Ryan

Winner: As I originally predicted, Denver over Seattle. I know, bold. Very bold. Broncos 27, Seattle 17.

MVP: Demaryius Thomas.

Which player will score the first touchdown of the game? Demaryius Thomas.

Who will appear on TV first after the kickoff, Pam Oliver or Erin Andrews? Avid football fan, Joel Rifkin.

With the game being between teams from Washington and Colorado, will announcers say the word “marijuana” at any point in the broadcast? You bet your sweet ass they will.

The over/under on number of times Peyton Manning says “Omaha” during the live broadcast is 27.5. How many times will it be heard before you stab yourself with a fork? Nine.

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