The NFL starts this season where it finished last season with a Super Bowl 50 rematch between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. “The Sequel” kicks off on NBC at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.
Here’s the details for tonight’s opening NFL matchup.
Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time: 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
TV Channel: NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Michele Tafoya)
Line: Panthers by 3 (Odds courtesy of OddsShark and subject to change.)
Game Preview: Carolina is out for revenge after Denver comfortably defeated the Panthers for the Lombardi Trophy. While it is the same two teams playing, the rosters look a bit different than they did last season.
The most noticeable difference for Denver is at the quarterback position with Peyton Manning retiring and Brock Osweiler signing with the Houston Texans. Denver begins the season with Trevor Siemian as the starting quarterback. The Broncos traded up to select Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch in the 2016 NFL Draft, but Lynch will start the season as the backup.
For Carolina, star cornerback Josh Norman is now with the Washington Redskins. Cam Newton gets top target Kelvin Benjamin back after missing all of last season with a torn ACL. Newton hopes Benjamin can add a boost to the offense tonight against the Broncos and for the 2016 season.