Denver Broncos (5-3) at Carolina Panthers (2-6)


Denver Broncos (5-3) at Carolina Panthers (2-6)

Time: 11 a.m. today, KCNC, KREZ, KRSJ 100.5 FM.

Opening Line: Broncos by 3½.

Record vs. Spread: Denver 5-3; Carolina 4-4.

Series Record: Broncos lead 2-1.

AP Pro32 Ranking: Broncos No. 8; Panthers No. 25.

Last Meeting: Panthers beat the Broncos 30-10, Dec. 14., 2008,
Last Week: Broncos beat Bengals 31-23; Panthers beat Redskins 21-13.

Broncos Offense: Overall (3), rush (17), pass (4).

Broncos Defense: Overall (10), rush (12), pass (10).

Panthers Offense: Overall (20), rush (12), pass (17).

Panthers Defense: Overall (13), rush (20), pass (13)

Streaks, Stats & Notes

John Fox spent nine seasons (2002-10) as the Panthers coach and posted a 73-71 record.

QB Peyton Manning (419) needs two TD passes to surpass Dan Marino for second most in NFL history. Brett Favre is the NFL leader with 508.

Manning registered his 48th game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or OT last week, passing Marino (47) for most in the NFL since 1970.

Manning has three TD passes in five consecutive games.

RB Willis McGahee needs 14 yards rushing to reach 8,000 for his career.

WR DeMaryius Thomas has been a big beneficiary of Manning, posting career-bests in catches (45) and yards receiving (756).

WR Eric Decker seeks his sixth consecutive game with at least one TD reception. He has four TDs in last two games.

Since 2011, Joel Dreessen has 10 TD receptions, second-most among AFC TEs.

DE Elvis Dumervil has five sacks in his last five games.

LB Von Miller had a career-high three sacks last week vs. the Bengals and has 20½ sacks since joining the NFL in 2011.

KR Trindon Holliday had a 105-yard return last week, longest in Broncos history.

In his first 24 career NFL games, QB Cam Newton is the only NFL player with 5,000-plus yards passing, 25-plus TD passes, 1,000-plus yards rushing and 15 rushing TDs in his first two seasons.

Newton is 8-16 as a starting QB and 3-1 vs. AFC opponents.

RB DeAngelo Williams had a 56-yard TD run in his last game vs. Denver.

WR Steve Smith caught his first TD pass of the season last week. Smith has eight 100-yard receiving games vs. the AFC in career.

WR Brandon LaFell has a reception of 20 or more yards in six of seven games he’s played. He missed last week’s game with a concussion but is expected to play.

DE Charles Johnson looks for his third consecutive game with at least two sacks. On the other side, DE Greg Hardy has 4½ sacks in his last two games. The Panthers are the only NFL team with two players (Johnson and Hardy) with at least 6½ sacks.

Associated Press

Denver Broncos (5-3) at Carolina Panthers (2-6)

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