Just because the New York Giant and New York Jets aren't playing at MetLife Stadium today, doesn't mean New York and New Jersey football fans should be left out of the fun. So, Sports Media 101 spent the last week asking a variety of New York Jets and New York Giants current and former players, coaches and even a GM who they think will win Super Bowl 48. And once you find out what your favorite players think, Sports Media 101 wants to hear your prediction. Please leave it in the comments section below time stamped before kickoff, one entry per person. The person with the closest overall score without going over will win a prize pack including:
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Check out what the players, coaches and officials below predicted and then make yours:
Antonio Cromartie – "I like Denver. I just believe that they have too many weapon on the offense side of the ball that Seattle can’t cover. You got four guys, well actually five, you got Knowshon Moreno out of the backfield that is hard to cover. You have from Wes Welker to Julius Thomas and Demariyus Thomas to a guy like Eric Decker, and you can’t cover all those guys. You can maybe go in and double one and then you got to figure out what you’re going to do with the rest of them." On the score – "I’ll say 27-17."
Steve Weatherford – "Obviously, the game can go one of two ways, but in my mind, I think weather plays a huge role. I think if it’s a really nasty day, if it’s cold, if it’s windy at MetLife Stadium, I think the Seattle Seahawks will take the game over with the Legion of Boom. No body’s hotter than Richard Sherman right now. Earl Thomas… Michael Bennett has been a huge addition to that defense. They’re just playing tough right now. They’re on a roll; they’ve got a lot of momentum. With that being said, I don’t think it’s going to be nasty. I think it’s going to be relatively warm for this time of year. I think it’s going to be 38-40 degrees. They’re forecasting 45 right now, but it’s changing daily. If it is a nice day and I think it will be, I think Eli (Wrong Manning, buddy) Manning with two weeks to prepare is going to outmaneuver that defense and really dismantle them. There’s not too many curve balls they can throw at him that he hasn’t seen, and the adjustments that he’ll make at halftime, I think in the second half he’s going to take the game over, and I think he’s going to blow it open and it will be 31-23."
Rex Ryan – "I have to pick the AFC team because we play Denver next year. We don’t play Seattle next year. I’m definitely going to pick Denver. If it were reversed and we were playing Seattle next year, I’d say Seattle. I think it should be a great game. I really do. I think the difference could everybody knows that the Seattle defense and absolutely they’re outstanding without question, same thing with Denver’s offense, but I think the story might be Denver’s defense. I know statistically they’re in the middle of the pack, but it will be interesting to see how they play defense. I think with some of the skill they have outside, if they decide you know what we’re going to match you up and make Seattle have to throw the football, it will be interesting. But if not, if you’re just going to sit back and let Seattle bludgeon you with that run, then that’s what they’ll be more than happy to do."
Josh Brown – "I’m predicting a three-point game 21-24, and I’m going to have to stick with Seattle."
Andre Brown – "Russell Wilson went to school with me. So I’m going to say the Seahawks 28-25."
Josh Bush – "I got Seattle. Russell Wilson went to N.C. State. So I played against him a few times, and I’m rooting for him."
Nick Mangold – "I’m kind of indifferent really, but if I had to pick, I’m going to stick with the AFC and go with Denver."
Chris Canty - "I got the Denver Broncos. I think Peyton Manning plays keep away from Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks offense, and I think the score is going to be somewhere in the ballpark of 31-17 Broncos."
John Idzik - "I hope [the Seahawks] do really well. Obviously, I have a lot of strong ties there. Got to know more of the Broncos and I have ties with the Broncos as well, and I hope we get to see a good game, but I hope the Seahawks do really well."
Brandon Jacobs - "I'm going to go with Peyton and my guy Mike Adams. I would like to see them win one."
Geno Smith – "I think Broncos."
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