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Thursday Night Open Thread: Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos

Opening day, Super Bowl rematch. With some personnel changes.

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The new season is finally upon us. As is tradition, the first game that counts is the home opener of the reigning Super Bowl champions. This year the Denver Broncos are hosting a Super Bowl rematch; and unusually are the underdogs at home against the Carolina Panthers.

Part of the reason might be the roster upheaval, the Broncos have lost Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan on the defensive side, and while the Von Miller-led unit should remain among the very best in the league the same may not necessarily be true of the offense. Last year's seventh round pick Trevor Siemian has been handed the keys to the attack, and Denver's chances of a repeat might rest on him providing at very least credible quarterback play.

Meanwhile, the Panthers have seen changes too, losing top corner Josh Norman, but getting back talented wideout Kelvin Benjamin. Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly and company will look to go one better than runners-up this season, and their chase starts with a game against the team that stopped them back in February.

Leave your thoughts below, and hopefully you will have a great evening with the return of (competitive) football.