Defence should help Panthers cover vs. Broncos

Arash Madani reports that Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera will bring out his Super Bowl Ring for a motivational tool in San Francisco.

The public loves the Carolina Panthers to win and cover the spread as solid betting favourites at sportsbooks monitored by against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 so far, and with good reason. All the Panthers need to do is keep doing what got them to this point.

That may seem like an obvious observation, but Carolina is on the brink of becoming only the third Super Bowl champion to finish the season at 18-1. The Panthers have gone 13-5 against the spread through their first 18 games and dominated the first halves of each of their first two playoff games.

Another good start will not only put them in prime position to win their first NFL title but also get the cover no matter how high the spread goes.

Behind quarterback Cam Newton, Carolina is the most dangerous team in the league both running and passing the ball. Newton accounted for an NFL-best 45 touchdowns (35 passing and 10 rushing) during the regular season and helped the team overcome the loss of running back Jonathan Stewart for three games due to a foot injury.

Stewart’s return in the post-season has made the team even more dangerous, as he carried the ball 19 times in each game and averaged nearly 95 yards with two scores.

Defensively, the Panthers are also a force to be reckoned with, and nobody personifies their character and determination more than linebacker Thomas Davis. Despite breaking his arm in a 49-15 rout of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game, Davis had surgery the next day so he could play in Super Bowl 50.

Davis and fellow linebacker Luke Kuechly should help limit Denver’s running game and also keep tight ends Owen Daniels and Vernon Davis from hurting them through the air.

Carolina wants to make Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning try to win the game too after he threw 17 interceptions in nine starts before the playoffs. Manning has thrown multiple picks five times this season, something you can bet cornerback Josh Norman and the rest of the Panthers will look to capitalize on.

They forced Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer into six turnovers (four interceptions and two fumbles) in the NFC title game, and their ability to pressure Manning into similar mistakes could be the difference between whether or not they cover the Super Bowl betting line on Sunday.

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