I’ve been reading the Broncos message board, the news papers, and web sites this week leading up today’s game. The whipping the Panthers put on the Tampa Bay last week, particularly in the running game have the Broncos heavy underdogs this week. The projection on one site is DEN 18 vs CAR 28. The same site has the Panther’s DeAngelo Williams rushing for 117 yards and a TD along with Jonathan Stewart’s 71 yards. The good news, Jake Delhomme is only projected for 198 yards and a TD with Steve Smith held to 85 yards. The Broncos on the flip side are projected to rush for 81 yards with Tatum Bell responsible for 45 yards. Jay Cutler is projected to pass for 238 yards with a one TD/INT. The majority of the yards will go to Brandon Marshall (71) and Eddie Royal (61).
The Broncos have played well on the road this year and have had the NFC South’s number (3-0). The Panthers are undefeated at home, sound familiar? Yes, so were the Falcons until the Broncos beat them. You just have to wonder if after how explosive the Panthers were on MNF, if they aren’t due for a let down and a potential trap game?