Now that we’re down to just two – Panthers blogger Bill Voth and Patriots blogger Kaptain Kirk – and the “Big Game”, rather than ask them why their teams will cover the spread in Super Bowl 50 (which we’ll give them a chance to, of course) we want to know what it is about their beloved clubs or next Sunday’s matchup that scares the living crap out of them heading into the Super Bowl.
If you’re going to fade the Panthers or the Broncos on Feb. 7, these are the guys who would know why…
WHY PANTHERS BETTORS SHOULD WORRY
Bill Voth is the founder of Black & Blue Review. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @BlackBlueReview.
The Panthers have no players who were on the roster in 2003, the only other time Carolina made the Super Bowl. The Broncos came this far just two years ago and Peyton Manning will be playing on the biggest stage in American sports for the fourth time.
Cortland Finnegan covering Emmanuel Sanders
Finnegan has been OK since the Panthers brought him out of semi-retirement, struggling only in the second half of the playoff win over Seattle. But Sanders is speedy and shifty enough in the slot to give the Panthers trouble.
Can Mike Remmers handle Von Miller
After bouncing around about a half dozen practice squads, Remmers stuck in Charlotte starting in November 2014. He’s held up nicely, even against guys like Houston’s J.J. Watt. Now he faces Miller, who has to potential to wreck the Panthers’ game plan.
WHY BRONCOS BETTORS SHOULD WORRY
Kaptain Kirk writes for Bronco Planet. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @broncoplanet.
Tight End Coverage
The Broncos have had their difficulties against opposing Tight Ends. Rob Gronkowski just caught 8 passes for 144 yards and a TD. Carolina’s Greg Olsen is a top 5 Tight End and has put up career numbers this year. Last week against a very good Cardinal secondary, Greg caught 6-of-8 targets for 113 yards. The last time the Panthers played Denver, he had 9 catches for 102 yards and 2 TDs.
Cam Newton is a terrific athlete and can run just as good as he throws. Imagine Randall Cunningham with muscles. He’s agile and not easy to Tackle in the open field. Newton may only average about 5 yards per carry, but he can bust off a 50 yarder if left unaccounted for by the Defense. He is second on the team in rushing with 636 yards and as many rushing TDs (10) as Interceptions.
This, to me, is the biggest matchup in Super Bowl 50. The trenches are where the outcome of the game is decided. The will to dominate is strong with both of these teams and the Panthers have the top unit in the league, which allowed them to lead the NFL in scoring (31.2 ppg) and rank 2nd in the league in Rushing (142.6 yd avg) during the regular season.
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