We're officially one week away from Super Bowl XLVIII, and the last game of the 2014 season is shaping up to be an epic one, as the two best teams in the regular season—the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks—will play for the Lombardi Trophy.
Denver steamrolled through the regular season behind its MVP quarterback, Peyton Manning, who threw an NFL-record 55 touchdown passes and led an offense that scored a league-record 606 points. In the postseason, the Broncos dispatched the Chargers and Patriots in relatively easy fashion to reach the big game.
Seattle used a punishing defense and run game to claim the No. 1 seed in the NFC and then suffocated New Orleans and came back to beat San Francisco in the playoffs to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.
Oh yeah, the weather looms large as well. It's expected to be the coldest Super Bowl of all time, as it'll be played outdoors at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Which team will win the Super Bowl? Will Manning be able to throw the ball with aplomb on the Seahawks secondary? Who will claim MVP?
I answer all of those questions here as I offer my early predictions for the NFL title game, Super Bowl XLVIII.