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Can the Broncos win the Super Bowl next Sunday? Never underestimate Peyton Manning and the Broncos defense will help them keep the game close and give them a chance, so yes, I like their chances to beat the Panthers. Will Manning retire if he wins Super Bowl 50? He told Patriots coach Bill Belichick after the AFC Championship game that this year may be his last rodeo and he has reportedly told close friends that he’ll retire, whether he wins or loses next Sunday.
It can't be denied that the Spurs' Big Three of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili is reaching the end of their era while a new Big Three comprised of Kahwi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green is slowly but surely emerging. Duncan is averaging career-lows with 25.9 minutes played, 8.9 points and 7.5 rebounds and has been dealing with nagging injuries all season, so Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich wants to preserve him for another playoff run. Duncan's leadership is very valuable and the Spurs are currently second in the Western Conference standings. I believe that Duncan will retire if he wins the NBA Championship this year; that being said, the Western Conference is very crowded and I can't see how the Spurs can beat the Warriors in a best-of-seven series.
NFL Picks: No. The Broncos win Super Bowl 50, Manning retires, the Spurs won't win the NBA Championship and Duncan will play in 2016-17.
What Will Be Higher?
1st Half Points by Auburn vs. Georgia on February 6th +120
Cam Newton Rushing Yards -160
It's important to note that Newton must start for action.
The Auburn Tigers have lost four straight games ahead of their huge SEC matchup against the Georgia Bulldogs next Saturday. Auburn averaged 31.0 points in the first half of those four losses, while Georgia has limited opponents to 28.2 first half points in the last four games. The Auburn offense relies too much on Kareem Canty and he is struggling during the team's losing streak, averaging just 13.7 points per game, down from his season average of 18.3. Look for Auburn to score around 20-25 points in the first half against Georgia.
Cam Newton has rushed for 194 yards over his last five games and he is averaging 3.96 rushing yards per carry in that span and he will go up against a Broncos run defense that ranked third in the NFL in the regular season, limiting opponents to 3.3 rushing yards per carry in the regular season. The Panthers rank first in the NFL with 385.5 rushing yards per game in the postseason. The Broncos may have been solid against the run but they haven't faced a dual-threat quarterback liked Newton and I see him stretching plays with his legs in case he can't find open targets.
NFL Picks: Newton Rushing Yards -160. Auburn scores around 20-25 points in the first half against Georgia on Saturday and Newton will rush for at least 30 yards against the Broncos.
What Will Be Higher?
Arsenal Total Goals on Feb. 7th -120
Peyton Manning TD Passes -120
Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-0 in their last meeting on December 28 at Emirates Stadium and oddsmakers have set the total for Sunday's game at Dean Court. Arsenal has scored just 3 goals in their last 4 Premier League games (all in their 3-3 draw vs. Liverpool on January 13) while Bournemouth has conceded 5 goals in their last 4 Premier League contests, although 3 of those came in a 3-1 loss against West Ham on January 12. Based on the last meeting, recent form and the 2.5 total that oddsmakers set for this game, I like Arsenal to score at least one goal.
Peyton Manning has thrown just two touchdowns in this postseason, (both in the AFC Championship game against the Patriots). Overall, he has thrown just four touchdown passes in his last six games. The Broncos will keep using their running game as the focus of their offense but in order to win this game (and I believe they will emerge victorious), they will need Manning to throw the ball more often and avoid turnovers. Look for Manning to finish with two touchdown passes.
NFL Picks: Peyton Manning TD Passes -120. Arsenal will score one goal, maybe two against Bournemouth while Manning will throw at least two touchdown passes.