CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The battle begins at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night.
Several months after a heartbreaking 24-10 loss to the Broncos in Super Bowl 50, the Carolina Panthers look to rebound and regain the consistency that helped them make it to the big game in 2015.
After making it to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2004, the Broncos’ defense stymied the Panthers’ offense and kept NFL MVP Cam Newton contained for much of the contest.
After the less-than-memorable game, Newton is looking to put aside a painful postseason loss and add onto one of the most productive seasons for a quarterback in NFL history.
Newton 2015 statistics:
- Passing touchdowns: 35
- Rushing touchdowns: 10
- Passing yards: 3,837
- Running yards: 636
- Quarterback rating: 99.4
- Interceptions: 10
Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL, is expected to be back on the field Thursday night while the now Peyton Manning-less Broncos will throw untested second-year quarterback Trevor Sieman into the starting quarterback role.
Although the numbers add up nicely for the Panthers in the Super Bowl rematch, Von Miller is still the leader of the league’s most talented defense.
Final thoughts: It should be a good one.
Key Panthers’ free agent losses:
- Josh Norman
- Roman Harper
- Jared Allen
- Jerricho Cotchery
- Charles Tillman
Panthers’ 2016 schedule:
- 9/8: Panthers at Broncos – 8:30 p.m.
- 9/18: 49ers at Panthers – 1 p.m.
- 9/25: Vikings at Panthers – 1 p.m.
- 10/2: Panthers at Falcons – 1 p.m.
- 10/10: Buccaneers at Panthers – 8:30 p.m.
- 10/16: Panthers at Saints – 1 p.m.
- 10/30: Cardinals at Panthers – 4:25 p.m.
- 11/6: Panthers at Rams – 4:05 p.m.
- 11/13: Chiefs at Panthers – 1 p.m.
- 11/17: Saints at Panthers – 8:25 p.m.
- 11/27: Panthers at Raiders – 4:25 p.m.
- 12/4: Panthers at Seahawks – 8:30 p.m.
- 12/11: Chargers at Panthers – 1 p.m.
- 12/19: Panthers at Redskins – 8:30 p.m.
- 12/24: Falcons at Panthers – 1 p.m.
- 1/1: Panthers at Buccaneers – 1 p.m.