NFL Pro Football Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Thursday

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The 2016 NFL regular season gets underway on Thursday September 8th as the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos will face the defending NFC Champion Carolina Panthers. The Broncos and Panthers get things started from Denver at 8:30PM Eastern Time and NBC TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Carolina Panthers the -3 point favorite with the total lined at 41 ½ points.

Peyton Manning announced his retirement weeks following his Super Bowl victory. Then backup quarterback Brock Osweiler accepted a free agent contract from the Houston Texans. That left Trevor Siemian the third string from 2015 on the roster. The Broncos then signed Mark Sanchez in free agency and drafted Paxton Lynch. Siemian won the starting job with Lynch relegated to the backup job. Mark Sanchez was cut from the team and signed to be a backup with the Dallas Cowboys. Siemian played his college football at Northwestern and was erratic at times getting hurt with interceptions. In their Super Bowl victory against the Panthers the Broncos won 24-10 despite gaining only 194 offensive yards. It was a forgettable performance by Panthers quarterback Cam Newton who had key turnovers that put the Broncos in great field position to put points on the board. It was a monster defensive performance by the Broncos as they put pressure all game long on Newton to force mistakes. Newton had a pick and the Panthers lost three fumbles. Cam Newton is trying to downplay the importance of revenge in this spot. In preseason he has looked rusty missing his targets in the passing game. Carolina enjoyed a 15-1 regular season and looked very good in the NFC playoffs winning home games against Seattle and Arizona. Newton will have a key weapon from the passing game returning as Kelvin Benjamin was lost for the entire 2015 season with an injury in training camp. In his rookie campaign in 2014 it was Benjamin catching 73 passes for 1008 yards with nine touchdown reception as he saw action in all 16 regular season games.

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