The Carolina Panthers have licked their Super Bowl 50 wounds and are ready to exact vengeance. The Panthers looked to catch the defending champion Denver Broncos off guard when they meet Thursday for the 2016 NFL season kick off at the Sports Authority Field, Denver, Colorado.
The Panthers are coming to this game with all odds in their favor at -165 with a -3 on oddshark.com giving them 68% rate of taking home a win. It is not surprising since the Panthers did not do much overhaul on its roster. The fact that they gave Cam Newton their trust to lead them this season says it all.
However, the Panthers must protect Newton at all cost. This is so as not to bring the horrors of Super Bowl 50 wherein Broncos’ Von Miller managed to sack him twice. The Panthers will likely stick to their running game while the Broncos are hoping for a repeat performance.
IBT reports that Newton has more arsenals at his disposal with the return of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. The 27-year old quarterback eyes redemption following his dismal performance at the Super Bowl while Benjamin aims to bounce back coming off a torn ACL injury.
Meanwhile, the Broncos will have to rely heavily on Miller and their defense and give Newton a nasty season welcome. The Broncos know the odds are not in their favor as little is known of their starting quarterback Trevor Siemian and his backup Paxton Lynch.
The Broncos are no stranger to being underdogs, last season with Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler combination as the worst the team had. But still, they have breezed through all challenges and gave their team its third Super Bowl title. Coach Gary Kubiak is confident that Siemian and Lynch, despite the new pieces on their roster, will be able to deliver the goods.
As hard as it could be many predict that the Panthers will come out as winners of this match. But the Broncos are not easily giving them that thought as they will come out strong especially that they are playing at home.
Watch the Panthers take on Broncos in their Super Bowl rematch at NFL Game Pass, 8:30 p.m. EDT.
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