Everyone will remember these two teams last meeting in Super Bowl 50, where the Denver Broncos defense trounced the Carolina Panthers to lead the team to an improbable 24-10 victory.
The Broncos own a 4-1 all-time record over the Panthers and look to make a statement in this game that they will not go quietly into the night after their historic 2015 run in the playoffs.
Kickoff is set for Thursday, September 8th at 6:40 p.m. Mile High time at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will air nationally on NBC (KUSA-TV) with Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst) and Michele Tafoya (sideline reporting).
DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket has expanded its online streaming service. Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required, and usual TV blackout rules apply even online).
Nationally, the game will be broadcast on WestwoodOne Sports with Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Kurt Warner (color analyst) and Tony Boselli (sideline reporting).
Colorado can listen on KOA (850 AM) or The Fox (133.5 FM) with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Ed McCaffrey (color analyst) and Andy Lindahl (sideline reporting).
Spanish radio KNVR (1150 AM) will also broadcast the game with Javier Olivias (play-by-play), Carlos Valdez (color analyst) and Hector Salazar (sideline reporting).
The Denver Broncos, after dominating the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50, are again underdogs to the Panthers to start the next season. The Panthers are 3 point favorites over the Broncos.
The Broncos will be without Bennie Fowler and three other players are questionable; Ty Sambrailo, Jeff Heuerman and James Ferentz. The Panthers have two guys questionable; Vernon Butler and A.J. Klein, while Dean Marlowe is doubtful.
The Panthers players are talking about having a collective chip on their shoulders and T.J. Ward really didn’t care what they had on their shoulder.
For me, I need Trevor Siemian to convince me that he isn’t the second coming of Kyle Orton where he is a coaches favorite in practice, yet fails to lead the Broncos to many impressive wins. Siemian does have one thing that Orton never did, an historic defense.
However, until Siemian makes a believer out of me I will continue to remember he should have had two pick sixes in three quarters of play this preseason. The good news is that the Panthers are starting two rookies at cornerback, so Siemian should have a good start to his NFL starting quarterback career. Broncos 24, Panthers 13.