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Seahawks, Broncos lead the pack of favorites to win Super Bowl XLVIII as ESPN’s NFL experts share their predictions for 2013 season

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In anticipation of the NFL season, ESPN’s NFL hosts, analysts and insiders predicted the eight divisional winners, AFC and NFC wild cards, Super Bowl matchup, Super Bowl XLVIII champion and NFL MVP for 2013.

Of the 35 total predictions, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are favorites to be crowned Super Bowl champion with eight votes each, followed closely by Atlanta (seven) and San Francisco (four).

New England is heavily favored to win the AFC East, with Ron Jaworski the lone ESPN analyst to not pick the Patriots (picked the Miami Dolphins). Other popular division champion picks include the Denver Broncos (AFC West), Houston Texans (AFC South) and Green Bay Packers (NFC North).

For NFL MVP, it’s no surprise quarterbacks lead the voting, with Peyton Manning garnering eight votes and Colin Kaepernick, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan each with five.

For the complete list of commentator predictions, click here or see chart below.

A three-hour Sunday NFL Countdown (Sept. 8, 10 a.m. ET, ESPN) this weekend and a two-hour Monday Night Countdown (Sept. 9, 5 p.m., ESPN) leading into ESPN’s Monday Night Football season-opening doubleheader — the Philadelphia Eagles versus the Washington Redskins (6:55 p.m.) and the Houston Texans versus the San Diego Chargers (10:15 p.m.) – highlight the network’s planned coverage of the opening weekend of the 2013 NFL season.

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Tonya Malinowski contributed to this post.

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