Broncos vs. Panthers: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info, Game Time and More

Steven GerwelContributor IIINovember 7, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 04:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos (5-3) will travel to Bank of America Stadium to take on Cam Newton and the struggling Carolina Panther (2-6). 

The Broncos are leading the AFC West at the moment, but the San Diego Chargers are just a game behind and breathing down their necks. As a result, the Broncos are in need of a win in order to tighten their grip on the division. 

The Panthers were thought of as an up-and-coming team after Cam Newton's Rookie of the Year performance in 2011, but Carolina has lost five of its last six games and is desperately looking for answers. 

Carolina doesn't have much to gain or lose, but a victory for Denver will give the Broncos a four-game win streak and some serious momentum heading into the second half of the season. 


Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

When: Sunday, November 11, 1:00 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS, DirecTV 708, NFL Sunday Ticket (Live Stream)

Listen: Sirius 136


Spread: Denver -4 (Bovada)

The Denver Broncos have to play Carolina on the road, which lessens the spread, but they are still the easy favorites. 

Denver's smallest margin of victory this season is six points and the average margin of victory in its five wins is 16.4 points, which makes it likely that the Broncos will cover the small four-point spread.

However, in Carolina's six losses, it has lost by an average of 7.8 points each games, so it can keep things rather tight for a two-win team. 

Even so, the edge has to go to Denver. 


Over/Under: 48.5 (OddsShark)

The Broncos have averaged 29.4 points per game this season, while the Panthers are sitting with a 18.6 points per game average. 

If both teams meet their averages, it will land the game's point total right around 48. However, since Carolina has averaged barely over 15 points per game over the past four weeks, this game should fall short of 48.5.

Denver has scored over 30 points in each of its last three games, but if it obtains a comfortable lead over Carolina as predicted, the Broncos will likely take their foot off the pedal. 

As a result, it's best to play it modest and stick with the under. 


Denver Broncos Injury Report (CBS Sports)


S Mike Adams (Knee)

G Chris Kuper (Forearm)

QB Peyton Manning (Right Thumb)

TE Jacob Tamme (Hip)


CB Tracy Porter (Illness)


Carolina Panthers Injury Report (CBS Sports)


LB Thomas Davis (Knee)

C Geoff Hangartner (Knee)

TE Ben Hartsock (Ankle)


DE Frank Alexander (Knee)

DT Dwan Edwards (Ankle)


DE Antwan Applewhite (Hamstring)

DE Thomas Keiser (Elbow)

WR Brandon LaFell (Head)


Fantasy Outlook 

RB Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos

Willis McGahee has been Denver's primary workhorse in the ground game all season long, so he's already a valuable fantasy asset, but Sunday will be a particularly beneficial game for him. 

The Panthers are ranked a mediocre 20th in the NFL in run defense (119.0 yards per game), which gives McGahee an opportunity for production. 

Additionally, Peyton Manning is battling an injury to his right thumb, which could limit the Denver aerial attack and force the team to heavily rely on McGahee. 


QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton has been a shell of the former Cam that won NFL Rookie of the Year last season, but if you haven't given up hope yet, this would be a good week to start. 

Newton only has one 300-yard performance in the last seven games and has thrown for multiple touchdowns just once this season. 

The Denver pass defense is solidly ranked 12th in the NFL and will provide Newton with a challenge that will undoubtedly be tough to overcome. 


QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning appeared on the Broncos' injury report with a thumb injury leading up to the game against Cincinnati, but he played through the pain and produced 291 yards and three touchdowns. 

His two interceptions last week could be a sign that the injury is effecting his play, but he is clearly still capable of producing points regardless. 

For now, keep Manning in your lineup until he gives you a reason not to. 


What They're Saying

For those of you worried that Denver may take the Panthers lightly and enter the game overconfident, don't count on it.

According to the Broncos Twitter page for the Denver Post, Manning has a few milestones riding on this game. 

With a win Sunday, #Broncos QB Peyton Manning will tie Marino for No. 3 all-time in regular-season wins at 147. John Elway No. 2 at 148.

— Denver Post Broncos (@PostBroncos) November 6, 2012


With a win Sunday, #Broncos QB Peyton Manning will tie Marino for No. 3 all-time in regular-season wins at 147. John Elway No. 2 at 148.

— Denver Post Broncos (@PostBroncos) November 6, 2012

With a chance to move up the all-time ranks in two categories, expect Manning to be at the top of his game as usual, which is bad news for Carolina fans. 


Key Matchup: Cam vs. Denver Defense

We already know that Manning will shred the Carolina defense and post admirable numbers, but we don't know which Cam Newton we'll be getting. 

If Newton is lost and overwhelmed—his typical 2012 self—the Broncos will win in a blowout. 

But if Denver has trouble containing Newton in the run game, it will force them to stack eight men in the box, which will allow Cam to attack the Denver secondary. 

If that's the case, the game could go down to the wire, especially since Carolina owns the home-field advantage. 



The Denver Broncos are on a three-game win streak and the team is eager to maximize their stranglehold on the AFC West. 

There's no reason to believe that the Broncos won't roll into Charlotte and execute a great offensive game plan and exit with a convincing win. 

Carolina's only shot is for Newton to be at the top of his game and win it in a shootout, which is unlikely based on what we've seen out of him in 2012. 

Denver will not disappoint in this game.