After a long seven-month absence, the NFL season will finally be back on September 8th. Not coincidentally, the season will kick-off right where the last one left off. The Super Bowl champions the Denver Broncos will match up against the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers in a highly anticipated Super Bowl rematch.
Those who remember the Super Bowl will recall that the Broncos defense led them to victory. Fortunately for the Broncos, they are returning most of their crucial starting lineup. The big question mark, however, is at quarterback. When legendary quarterback Peyton Manning retired following the Super Bowl victory, many expected backup quarterback Brock Osweiler to take the reins in Denver. When owner John Elway didn’t want to pay Osweiler the money he was asking, Osweiler left Denver to play with the Houston Texans. Now, the Broncos will be forced to start second-year player and overall enigma Trevor Siemian behind center.
The Panthers will enter the 2016 season with the inverse situation. They will be returning the majority of their high-powered offense, including reigning MVP Cam Newton. They too are dealing with some crucial loss, however. The Panthers lost star cornerback Josh Norman to the Washington Redskins in free agency. Norman had a career-year last season, shutting down most wide receivers he faced off against. Now, the Panthers will be forced to start two rookie cornerbacks. Regardless of the outcome of this game, the most important thing is that football is finally back and we couldn’t be more excited about it.