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Panthers vs. Broncos Game Preview

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Game Reset

  • Carolina Panthers (4-8) vs. Denver Broncos (4-8)
  • Bank of America Stadium | Charlotte, N.C.
  • CBS | 1 pm ET
  • Injury Report | Depth Chart

History: Panthers vs. Broncos

  • Carolina is 1-5 all-time against the Broncos, with a 1-1 record at home.
  • The Panthers played Denver in Super Bowl 50, falling, 24-10.
  • Current Streak: Broncos W3
  • Last matchup: Denver won the Super Bowl rematch, 21-20, in Week 1 of the 2016 season when Carolina missed a game-winning field goal attempt.

Notable Connections

Panthers

  • Tackle Russell Okung played one season in Denver in 2016.
  • Center Matt Paradis was drafted by the Broncos in 2014 and played five years with Denver.
  • Guard Michael Schofield was drafted by Denver in 2014 and spent three seasons with the Broncos.

Broncos

  • Head coach Vic Fangio was Carolina's defensive coordinator from 1995-98.
  • Quarterbacks coach Mike Shula was in Carolina from 2011-17, serving as offensive coordinator from 2013-17.

Denver enters the game with one of the NFL's best red-zone defenses. The Broncos rank second in the NFL in red-zone defense, allowing touchdowns on just 47.7 percent of red-zone drives.

Former N.C. State standout Bradley Chubb leads the Broncos with 7.5 sacks, to go with nine tackles for loss.

After missing Week 12 due to COVID-19 protocols, quarterback Drew Lock is back leading the offense. Lock has 1,918 passing yards with nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He's been far more effective outside the pocket this season, completing 84 percent of his passes for a 146.2 rating on rollouts or boot plays, while he's completed just 57 percent of his passes in the pocket for a 63.8 rating.

Table inside Article
Category Panthers Broncos
Offense
Total Yards/Game 354.8 (20th) 325.6 (25th)
Rushing Yards/Game 106.4 (20th) 118.9 (12th)
Net Passing Yards/Game 248.4 (15th) 206.7 (26th)
Sacks Allowed 22 (t-12th) 24 (t-14th)
Third Down Efficiency 40.7 (20th) 37.6 (28th)
Points/Game 23.3 (21st) 18.8 (31st)
Defense
Total Yards/Game 364.3 (20th) 350.2 (14th)
Rushing Yards/Game 115.1 (15th) 131.5 (26th)
Net Passing Yards/Game 249.3 (19th) 218.7 (9th)
Sacks 18 (t-26th) 32 (t-8th)
Third Down Efficiency 51.3 (31st) 38.9 (12th)
Turnover Margin +4 (t-9th) -17 (32nd)
Points Allowed/Game 25.0 (16th) 26.7 (21st)

Stat Nuggets To Know

Team

  • Carolina is 12-13 all-time in games after bye weeks, but the Panthers have won four of the last five such games.
  • Carolina has at least one takeaway in 11 straight games, their longest streak since Week 4 of 2015 to Week 2 of 2016.
  • The Panthers lead the NFL with 12 fumble recoveries, their most in one season since 2015 (15).
  • Carolina is plus-4 in turnover margin (t-9th), while the Broncos rank last at negative-17.
  • Denver ranks second by allowing touchdowns on just 47.7 percent of red-zone drives. Carolina's offense is tied for 25th with touchdowns on 55.0 percent of red-zone drives.
  • Since Carolina's 2018 comeback from down 17-0 in Philadelphia, the Panthers are 0-22 when trailing or tied at halftime and 14-5 when leading.

Individual

  • Wide receiver Robby Anderson ranks 11th in the NFL with 912 receiving yards. He's just 30 yards away from passing his career high of 941, set in 2017 with the Jets.
  • Running back Mike Davis ranks fourth in the NFL with 27 broken tackles. His broken tackle percentage of 15.2 leads all players with at least 15 broken tackles on the season.
  • Linebacker Jeremy Chinn is the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Month, becoming the first Panther to ever win two Defensive Rookie of the Month awards. Chinn, who leads all rookies with 86 tackles, is first in defensive TDs (2), tied for first in fumble recoveries (2), third in defensive snaps played (710), tied for fifth in passes defensed (5), tied for sixth in forced fumbles (1) and tied for sixth in interceptions (1).
  • Defensive end Brian Burns is second in tackles among defensive ends (46) and is tied for seventh in QB pressures (29).

Carolina is 1-5 all-time against Denver with a 1-1 record at home.

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