The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers will open up the 2016 NFL regular season on Thursday. Here is everything you need to know to watch online.
The 2016 NFL season will kick off on Thursday night, as the Denver Broncos face the Carolina Panthers. The game will be a rematch of Super Bowl 50, where the Broncos defeated the Panthers 24-10. There are some brand new faces for each team, and it should be a battle of two really good defenses.
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Gone is Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who rode off into the sunset five months ago. He will be replaced by Trevor Siemian, who will be making the first start of his NFL career. A late-round draft pick by the Broncos in 2015, Siemian has taken one snap in an NFL game, which was a kneel down.
The Panthers have one of the best quarterbacks in the league returning, as Cam Newton will be back under center for the team. Newton is coming off an MVP season in 2015, though he did put together a disappointing effort in Super Bowl 50. He will be looking to avenge that loss, and has a familiar face back at the wide receiver position.
Carolina wideout Kelvin Benjamin is back from a torn ACL that he suffered prior to the 2015 season. The injury occurred during the preseason, knocking him out for the entire year. He had an explosive season as a rookie in 2014, and Newton will be looking to get him the ball early and often on Thursday.
Details on how to watch the Broncos vs Panthers online are below:
TV: NBC Time: 8:30 p.m. ET Broadcasters: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya Online: NBC Sports Live, NFL Game Pass Mobile: Verizon NFL Mobile (subscription required)
These two teams have incredible defenses, and the offenses for each may find it tough sledding in Week 1. The Panthers are sure to key on Siemian, and Newton should be able to do just enough to pull out the victory.