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The Panthers were favored by 4.5 points at kickoff, but none of that mattered because Denver’s defensive line destroyed Cam Newton just about every time he dropped back to deliver a pass.
The Spurs know something about suffocating defense, though. According to Basketball-Reference, if the season ended today, their unit would rank 20th all-time in defensive rating. Not too shabby, but it won’t mean much unless they can slow down the Golden State Warriors.