What level of disrespect is going on in the Carolina Denver season opener on Thursday, September 8th. Good morning and welcome back to HRWager. First game of the 2016 NFL season sees Carolina as only a three point favorite on the road against Denver. Most of the key pieces are back for the Panthers while the Broncos have a pair of quarterbacks with zero pro passes between them. Is Elway crafting a new blueprint for success or will the breaking in period for this signal callers be a rough one for 2016?
Carolina Denver : Broncos Offense
Onus on the running game is back in Denver. CJ Anderson better be prepared for more than a few handoffs. Can he eclipse over 100 yards against the stellar Panthers defense? His efforts could make the first game for Trevor Siemian oh so much easier. Even without Josh Norman, the Panthers are practically going to dare him to throw deep. Reason why he won the job and Mark Sanchez got cut is because he makes fewer mistakes. So take away the short routes and put him further away of the comfort zone in this one.
Kelvin Benjamin is Back
His presence at wide receiver will help offset some of the lackluster elements of the offensive line for Carolina. In particular, left tackle Michael Oher is average at best and their biggest liability on that unit. This will not be a 15-1 team but they do not have to be this year. Experience will help them get over the humps and this game is one of them. While Denver can lose and say we were breaking in a new quarterback, this would be a big setback for the Panthers. One of there main rivals or foes is broken down at a key position and if they can not overcome them here then the albatross will be around their neck for quite some time.
Line opened very early at -1 1/2 and moved to -3 where it has stalled. Our first NFL Free Pick of the 2016 season is with the Carolina Panthers minus the points. Denver’s defense has to play perfect to keep them in this game. Too many elements have to be near optimal against this Panthers team for Denver to win the first game. Good fortune and we will see you next time here at HRWager.