Carolina Panthers: 5 Keys to Victory over the Denver Broncos

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Carolina Panthers: 5 Keys to Victory over the Denver Broncos
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Luke Kuechly (59) and Ron Rivera celebrate a Panthers touchdown against the Redskins in Week 9.

With Ron Rivera's head coaching job on the line, the Carolina Panthers (2-6) could go a long way toward giving Rivera and his staff a third season in Charlotte by defeating Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (5-3) on Sunday.

Expectations were through the roof for the Panthers heading into the season, and they have come close to winning several times this season before falling short in the closing minutes of the game.

In fact, leading up to the Panthers' Week 9 victory at the Washington Redskins (3-6), Carolina had lost five games in a row, including four straight losses by five points or less. 

In three of those losses, the Panthers led heading into the final five minutes of the game, and they were twice beaten by last-second field goals.

If Carolina hopes to turn their season around with a winning record in the final eight games, they can get started on accomplishing that goal when former Panthers head coach, and current Charlotte homeowner, John Fox brings his Denver Broncos to Bank of America Stadium.

Anything less than a 6-2 closing record to finish the season at .500 could spell doom for Ron Rivera and the rest of the Panthers coaching staff, especially with a new general manager coming on board after the season.

Here is a look at Carolina's five keys to victory against the Denver Broncos.

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