Recap of NFL Opening Night

Denver Broncos 21 – Carolina Panthers 20 Although it wasn’t the best played game the opener of the NFL season came right down to the wire and was won by the slimmest of margins. I wasn’t enthused by this matchup, but it ended up being an entertaining game. Although they seemingly had control of the game the Panthers were unable to avenge their loss in Super Bowl 50. Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian overcame a couple of first half mistakes and looked very capable in leading Denver’s comeback. The Broncos aren’t going to let go of their title easily as they have an extremely talented and balanced team. They have some of the NFL best at many positions and their line play was very solid. If Siemian plays at a similar level the rest of the season the Broncos are going to win a lot of games. The Panthers will certainly take a step back after their 15-1 season last year, but their offense should still be as dynamic. Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who missed all of last season due to injury, was impactful with 6 catches for 92 and a touchdown. The Panthers defense wasn’t nearly as stout against the run, which I think says more about the Broncos offensive line and running back C.J. Anderson. Their pass defense was strong, but the loss of cornerback Josh Norman will be more evident when going against better quarterbacks, especially the 3 in their division (Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston). I highly doubt that the Panthers will be back in the Super Bowl and it wouldn’t shock me if their 3-year run as NFC South champs comes to an end.

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