Thursday, September 8, 2016
Sports Authority Field
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The Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Sports Authority Field. The opening line for this game has Denver as 1 point favorites and the over/under was set at 43.5. Last season the Panthers were 13-6-0 against the spread and their over/under record was 12-6-1. The Broncos had an over/under record of 6-12-1 and they were 10-8-1 against the spread.
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Carolina scored 31 points per game on offense last season, which ranked 1st in the NFL. In the passing department, they averaged 19 passes on 31 attempts for a 61% percent completion percentage last season. They threw for a total of 224 yards per game through the air as well, which ranked them 24th in the league. The Panthers ran for an average of 143 yards per game on 33 attempts for an average of 4.3 yards per carry. That ranked them 2nd in the NFL. They also ran 66 plays per contest and averaged 5.6 yards per play for an average of 367 yards per game, ranking their offense 11th overall last season. The Panthers averaged 22 first downs per game which ranked them 3rd in the league. They accumulated 55.7 penalty yards per game via 6.5 penalties, which ranked 23rd in the NFL.
Carolina allowed 235 passing yards per game, ranking 11th in the league, and they allowed 19 points per contest on defense, which ranked 6th. They gave up 24 completions on 41 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 59%. The Panthers allowed 88 rushing yards per game on 23 carries for a 3.8 average per play, which ranked their rush defense 4th in the NFL. Carolina allowed 323 total yards per game including 4.9 yards per play, which ranked their overall defense 6th in terms of yards per game. They forced 2.4 turnovers per contest and got flagged for 6.1 penalties for 49.7 yards per game, ranking them 2nd among all teams in the league.
Denver averaged 22 points per game last season on offense, which ranked them 19th in the NFL. In the passing department, they completed 23 passes per game on 38 attempts for a 61% percent completion percentage. They threw for 248 yards through the air per game last year, ranking them 14th. The Broncos ran for an average of 107 yards per game on 26 attempts for an average of 4.1 yards per carry last season, which ranked them 17th on the ground. They also ran 66 plays per game and averaged 5.4 yards per play for a total of 356 yards per game, ranking them 16th in the league on offense. The Broncos got an average of 20 first downs per game, which ranked 19th. They averaged 63.9 penalty yards per game via 6.9 penalties, ranking them 17th in the NFL.
Denver allowed an average of 200 passing yards yards per game, which ranked 1st in the league. Their defense overall allowed 19 points per contest, which had them ranked 4th. They gave up 22 completions on 36 attempts for a completion percentage of 61% per game. The Broncos allowed 84 rushing yards per contest on 26 carries for a 3.2 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 3rd in the NFL. Denver allowed 283 total yards per game for an average of 4.4 yards per play, which ranked 1st in the league. They forced 1.7 turnovers per contest and 6.7 penalties for 50.8 yards in each contest, ranking 10th.
Cam Newton finished the Super Bowl with 265 yards through the air for Carolina. He completed 18 passes out of 41 attempts for a 44% completion percentage. The Panthers were led in rushing by Cam Newton, who finished with 45 yards on 6 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 8 yards per carry. Philly Brown was the team leader in receiving with a total of 80 yards and 4 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 20 yards per reception. As a team in that game Carolina got a total of 21 first downs by way of 8 rushing, 10 passing, and 3 by penalty. They ran 75 total plays for 315 yards for the game. The Panthers ran for 118 yards on 27 attempts.
Peyton Manning finished the Super Bowl with 141 yards through the air for Denver. He completed 13 passes out of 23 attempts for a 57% completion percentage. The Broncos were led in rushing by C.J. Anderson, who finished with 90 yards on 23 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Emmanuel Sanders was the team leader in receiving with a total of 83 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 14 yards per reception. Denver got a total of 11 first downs by way of 4 rushing, 5 passing, and 2 by penalty. They ran 56 total plays for 194 yards for the game. The Broncos ran for 90 yards on 28 attempts.
Carolina Betting Trends
Carolina was 12-6-1 against the over/under last season
Carolina had an ATS record of 13-6-0 last season
Denver Betting Trends
Denver was 6-12-1 against the over/under last season
Denver had an ATS record of 10-8-1 last season
Injuries to Watch
08/31/16 WR LaRon Byrd Concussion IR
08/31/16 CB Leonard Johnson Ankle PUP
08/31/16 DE Rakim Cox Back IR
09/02/16 S Shiloh Keo Suspension expected to miss first 2 games of the regular season
08/31/16 TE Garrett Graham Shoulder IR
08/29/16 QB Trevor Siemian None expected to start Thursday vs. Carolina
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Carolina
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