We have entered Week 12 of the NFL season. The Carolina Panthers will be taking on the Denver Broncos. This game will be a Super Bowl 50 rematch, So here is a Preview of the game taking place on Sunday.
Super Bowl 50 rematch
The most memorable meeting between these two was Super Bowl 50. The Broncos went on to win that game, the final score being 24-10. However, the most notable thing was Cam Newton fumbling on the goal line.
An Old-Fashion Tank Bowl
Both teams are not good and are at the bottom of their respective divisions. This match-up will likely be a defensive battle. Carolina's defense is top-ranked in terms of scoring defense. They are led by Brian Burns, Jaycee Horn, and Jeremy Chinn. In comparison, Denver's defense is a top-five overall unit, led by Patrick Surtain II, Josey Jewell, and Justin Simmons.
Carolina's offense is still subpar. They rank second to last in scoring (according to ESPN.com) and deal with a critical injury. As a result, PJ Walker will not be active. Instead, Sam Darnold will get his first season start against a stingy Broncos defense. The Broncos offense has been underwhelming. Denver ranks 20th in scoring offense producing 326.4 yards per game. In addition, Wilson's performance this season has been a massive disappointment.
Denver's record going into this game is 3-7, coming from a loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. In which a walkout touchdown was scored by raiders wide receiver Davante Adams. Carolina's record going into this game is 3-8. The Panthers are also coming off a loss to Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.
The Injury Report for Both teams
Both franchises are dealing with significant injuries. Each side deals with 12 players on the injury report with various injuries and game statuses.
Carolina Panthers Injury Report
For Carolina, safeties Myles Hartsfield (ankle), Matthew Ioannidis (calf), and linebacker Cory Littleton (ankle) all did not practice on Friday and are ruled out for Sunday's match-up.
Tight end Giovanni Ricci also did not practice on Friday but was listed as doubtful Nonetheless, offensive linemen Larnel Colmen, Cameron Erving, and wide receiver Shi Smith, all out with illness, were total participants in practice on Friday; all three are expected to play Sunday. In addition, wide receiver Terrence Marshall Jr (shoulder) and safety Juston Burris (concussion) were total participants during Friday's practice.
However, Marshall is listed as questionable. Tight ends Ian Thomas and Stephan Sullivan did not practice on Friday, were out with illness, and are listed as questionable. Quarterback P.J Walker (ankle) was limited in practice on Friday and is listed as doubtful. Sam Darnold will be getting the start for Carolina versus the Broncos.
Denver Broncos Injury Report
The Broncos are dealing with a lot of injuries to key positions. The following players did not practice Friday and are out for Sunday's games, wide receiver K.J. Hamler (Hamstring), defensive tackle Johnathon Harris (knee), wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (ankle), and safety K’Wuan Williams (wrist, elbow, and knee)
On the injury report, some guys are expected to play on Sunday for the Broncos, safety Jacob Bobenmoyer (hand), linebacker Johnathon Cooper (knee), nose tackle D.J Jones (arrow), running back Latavius Murray (wrist), nose tackle Micheal Purcell (ankle), and free safety Justin Simmons (knee). In addition, defensive end Jake Martin and tight end Andrew Beck (hamstring) was limited during practice on Friday and are questionable for Sunday.
How will Injuries affect Each Team?
The Broncos are dealing with crucial people like K.J. Hamler and Jerry Jeudy, which hurts Denver's already struggling offense. Carolina’s injuries are less significant. It’s more annoying injuries but not significant. However, Matt Ioannidis and P.J. Walker both hurt their respective sides of the ball. Walker being injured gives way to the return of Sam Darnold, who hasn’t started a game this season due to injury.
More Information On The Game
Time: 1:00 pm (EST)
Place: Charlotte, North Carolina