30 NFL Experts Who Predicted Panthers Would Beat Broncos in Super Bowl 50

The vast majority of Super Bowl 50 bettors put their money on the Carolina Panthers to beat the crap out of your Denver Broncos.

Why? One reason may be the influence of NFL journalists, broadcasters and media figures.

Most people who make their living by predicting the outcome of NFL games thought the Panthers would win the game, too.

Below, see thirty pro-Carolina picks from some of the most powerful pundits in the business, as culled from sources such as, USA Today, and

And we could have showcased a whole lot more.

As you'll see, many of the pundits thought the game would be close — but not all. Note former Super Bowl MVP turned ESPN analyst Steve Young, whose predicted Carolina margin of victory is actually a touchdown smaller than the Panthers blowout he foresaw during an appearance on Pardon the Interruption.

Better luck next time, experts.

Greg Bedard, Sports Illustrated: Panthers, 22-19

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network, Panthers 21-13 

Melissa Jacobs, Sports Illustrated: Panthers, 27-17

Gil Brandy,, Panthers 20-14 (OT)

Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports: Panthers, 24-17

Lindsay H. Jones, USA Today, Panthers 24-21

Jared Dubin, CBS Sports, Panthers 20-16

Bucky Brooks,, Panthers 24-20 

Ike Taylor, NFL Media: Panthers, 24-21

Nate Burleson, NFL Media: Panthers, 34-17

Gregg Rosenthal, NFL Media: Panthers, 30-17

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today, Panthers 21-10

Charley Casserly,, Panthers 24-17 

Sean Wagner-McGough, CBS Sports, Panthers 28-17

Tom Pelissero, USA Today, Panthers 27-20

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