Having won the Super Bowl last year against the Carolina Panthers, the Broncos look to start a Peyton Manning-less era with a win tonight against a team that is looking for revenge.
Having ended the regular season 15-1, Cam Newton & Co are expected to start the season off strongly, but they will have to do so without Pro Bowl Cornerback Josh Norman who left for the Washington Redskins. Carolina’s secondary is a concern and is something they have addressed during the 2016 NFL Draft when they drafted 3 Cornerbacks.
However, they are boosted by the return of WR Kelvin Benjamin who missed the whole of last season due to injury. Benjamin who is 6ft5, 245lb is a huge vertical threat for Cam as well as someone who can make a play when needed.
Whilst Carolina are looking to avenge there Super Bowl 50 defeat, the Broncos are looking to start the season off the way they ended it, with a victory.
However, this time there is no Peyton Manning. The retirement of Manning and the departure of Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans left a huge hole for John Elway to address and that is what he did.
The Broncos drafted Paxton Lynch in the first round having traded up with the Seattle Seahawks to get their man. However, it is going to be Trevor Siemian who will lead the team out having impressed Gary Kubiak and the Broncos personnel during preseason.
Siemian will be making history as well as he will be the first player QB in the NFL to start the season opener for the defending Super Bowl Champions without ever throwing an NFL pass.
One man who is looking to keep his reputation glowing is Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. Miller was the stand out player during the Super Bowl as he ripped Cam Newton to shreds. Von Miller also signed a long term deal with Denver in the Summer making him the highest paid defensive athlete in the NFL.
NFL has been gone for 7 long months and tonight it FINALLY comes back. All I can wish for is that the rematch is nothing like the Super Bowl and that it’s a close match.
It will be a tough game for both sides but I’m going for a Denver win. The game will be live on Sky Sports for U.K viewers and it’ll kick off at 1:30am.