Witness the biggest age difference between quarterbacks in Super Bowl history as Peyton Manning and the Broncos take on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers this Sunday at Levi's Stadium. This will be Manning's fourth appearance in the Big Game, and Newton's first. Interestingly enough, the last four times a repeat Super Bowl quarterback has faced a first-timer, the first timer's team has won.

While there are a whole host of Super Bowl props handicapping everything from player props to the halftime events, we'll take a closer look at the game itself and the surrounding storylines.

 

Which Peyton Manning Will We See?

This is one of the biggest questions heading into Super Bowl 50. From a sentimental perspective, many would love to see the vet retire as a winner (it’s rumored to be his final game), but the 39-year-old quarterback is having a tough season after tossing nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions. It's not all his fault. He spent several weeks on the bench in the middle of the season recovering from various injuries and has been slightly better since re-entering the lineup in Week 17. Turnovers are his kryptonite; he turned the ball over at least once in each of his regular season starts. Our props point to Manning registering at least one interception this Sunday: Over ½ is favoured at -225, while the Under's at +185.

 

Defenses Underline Super Bowl 50

They say defense wins championships and in this matchup, both teams boast stellar squads. The Panthers' defense has been dominant thanks to Pro Bowlers Josh Norman, Kawann Short, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. Short is -175 to register at least one sack and -125 to go over 2.5 tackles and assists on the props board as we go to press. The Panthers ranked No. 6 for regular season sacks (44), but those numbers don’t illustrate just how much they harassed opposing quarterbacks. They forced the most turnovers in the league (39) and had the best turnover margin (+20).

As for the Broncos, their defense topped the regular season with passing (200 yards per game), rushing yards per attempt (3.3 yards) and with sacks (52). They’ll have their hands full going up against the Panthers' offense, which led the league in points per game (31.2).

 

Panthers Overlooked

While many experts envisioned the Broncos in the Super Bowl, the Panthers are somewhat of a surprise. After all, they were 50/1 to win the Super Bowl on the eve of the regular season. However, the Panthers have eradicated all doubt with a remarkable 15-1 SU (11-5 ATS) regular season record, guided by MVP-reigning candidate Cam Newton. They had no problem scoring a combined 80 points in their two playoff games, and they're 6-point favourites for the Big Game as we go to press.

 

Injuries

There are a few key injuries to both defenses that are worth noting. For the Broncos, their league-leading secondary could take a couple of hits if both safeties TJ Ward and Darian Stewart aren’t able to play. Ward has a tender ankle and Stewart has a sprained MCL. While both vowed to play, we're unsure about just how healthy they'll be. The same goes for Panthers Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis, who broke his arm in the NFC Championship Game and is questionable for the Super Bowl. He says he’ll play and he did take part in Monday's practice, but will he be able to put forth his 100%? Weigh in at Bodog Sportsbook.

 

See all Super Bowl 50 Odds here.

 

*Odds as of February 2, 2016