Posted Fri Dec 12th by Monty
Disrespect. This week’s AP game preview for Broncos-Panthers mentions Carolina’s battle NEXT WEEK with the New York Giants BEFORE even mentioning the “tricky” game against the Broncos.
Tricky? Since when is 8-5 and the third seed in the AFC considered “tricky?” It’s going to be a good game, and I, for one, am pumped for it! Anyone looking ahead of Denver – who is 3-0 against the NFC South and riding a 4-1 stretch – is in for a rude awakening.
The AP aren’t the only ones looking ahead, either. I’ve seen or heard a number of sports programs say effectively the same thing. “The Panthers and Giants appear destined for a big match for the NFC’s #1 seed – and, oh yeah, Carolina’s gotta play the bruised Broncos first.”
This all sounds eerily similar to ESPN’s comments two weeks ago when we headed East to face the Jets: “The Broncos shouldn’t even bother getting off the plane.” Part of me hates the blatant disrespect, but part of me loves it just the same. We all know this group of guys responds to this type of stuff.
Yes, the Panthers are going to be a difficult opponent. Perhaps the toughest we’ve faced all season. Can the Broncos win? Absolutely. Carolina’s defense is middle-of-the-pack while I’d take Jay Cutler over Jake Delhomme every day of the week (and twice on Sunday).
This has shootout/offensive juggernaut written all over it in my mind, with plenty of points to be scored and a game decision by one score or less. And the Broncos are 5-0 this season in close games. The defense does JUST enough to win, week in and week out. My Prediction: Broncos 34, Panthers 28.
Feel free to share your predictions in the comments.