Panthers-Broncos: Two Division Leaders Face Off

Charles BloomfieldContributor IDecember 11, 2008

The Carolina Panthers (10-3) and the Denver Broncos (8-5) will face off Sunday afternoon at 4:15 PM, at Bank of America Stadium. Both teams are leading in their divisions. The last time that these two teams have met was in 2004, when half of the players on the Panthers team were on IR. The Broncos defeated the Panthers 20-17.

This upcoming game will be the last home game for the Carolina Panthers 2008 season. The Panthers are 7-0 at home. Beating the Broncos will make them become 8-0, along with an 11-3 record, heading into New York.

After winning the Monday Night Football game against Tampa Bay, Panthers' Head Coach, John Fox informed the team to just stay focused.

Denver's offense is ranked No. 2 in the league, and was never defeated by Carolina. Broncos' QB Jay Cutler, is one of the top quarterbacks in the league. Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall is one of his primary targets. Broncos running back Peyton Hillis was put on IR for the remainder of the season, due to a torn hamstring.

Broncos Head Coach, Mike Shanahan, said he enjoyed watching Panthers' running backs DeAngelo Williams and rookie Jonathan Stewart play. Both of these players combined for 301 rushing yards and four touchdowns, in the Monday night game against the Bucs.