This Sunday marks the return of former head coach John Fox to Charlotte as the Denver Broncos (5-3) go against the Carolina Panthers (2-6). With the exception of a few veteran players, the team Fox left behind will have an entirely differently look not only in personnel, but in their play calling as well.
Carolina is coming off a huge victory against the Washington Redskins and looks to build upon its recent success on both sides of the ball to earn its first winning streak of the year. However, the task in front of it will not be easy, as the Broncos are led by future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.
Denver has had more success this season, but Carolina has showed vast signs of improvement by changing different aspects of its gameplan, and the results have been mostly positive. The Panthers have proven they can hang with football heavyweights like Chicago and Atlanta, so the Broncos should not take these guys lightly.
In order for the Panthers to emerge victorious this weekend, they will need to exploit the Broncos' weaknesses and establish the tempo early to gain the edge. Here are this week's keys to the game.