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Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers Preview, Prediction, Spread, Game Time, Channel

Looking for a Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers preview? Don't go anywhere. We've got all of the pre-game analysis before the Superbowl 50 rematch.

Thursday, September 8, the Denver Broncos square off against the Carolina Panthers in a rematch of Superbowl 50. The game, to be played at Mile High Stadium in Denver is slated for an 8:30 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on NBC. Read on for our Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers preview.

According to ESPN's matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Denver wins the matchup between the two team 56.5% of the time. The spread, however, suggests that the Panthers are the favorite to win the matchup.

The rematch is scheduled to be played at Mile High Stadium, which has a capacity of 76,125 fans.

Spread: Carolina Panthers -3

Game Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Channel: NBC

Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers preview

Denver, along with the rest of the AFC West, is set to battle the NFC East in non-conference play this year. In addition to their Super Bowl rematch against the Panthers, Denver travels to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers in Week 4 before hosting the Atlanta Falcons the following week. The defending champs travel to New Orleans to close out their non-conference play in Week 10.

Carolina, a member of the NFC East, will be meeting the AFC West in non-conference play. After traveling to Mile High Stadium in Week 1, the Panthers host the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 10. Carolina then travels to Oakland to play the Raiders in Week 12 before playing host to the San Diego Chargers in Week 14, their last non-conference game.

The Denver Broncos finished the 2015 campaign with a 12-4 regular season record and, despite questionable quarterback play, went on to lift the Lombardi Trophy on the wings of their terrific defense.

Carolina dominated the regular season to the tune of 15 wins and only one loss during their 2015 campaign. They continued their dominance in the playoffs before running into the Broncos buzz-saw of a defense and losing 24-10.

Gary Kubiak, head coach of the Denver Broncos, led the team to their first Super Bowl since back-to-back victories in 1998 and 1999. The season was Kubiak's first with the team after serving as the Houston Texans head coach from 2006-2013.

Carolina Panther's head coach Ron Rivera is coming off three successive NFC South titles and his most successful campaign with the club. He has a 47-32-1 record as the head coach of the Panthers.

The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers have met five times in history. The Broncos hold a 3-1 edge in regular season contests and won the only game played between the two in the playoffs.

Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers prediction:

The Broncos are playing at home and bring a defense that destroyed the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. But Carolina is hungry for a rematch to prove that they have what it takes to make it back to the Super Bowl. Cam Newton and the Panther's offensive line have learned from last year and will dominate the line of scrimmage.

Carolina 27, Denver 14