Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers is taking place this week on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Game time is 6:30 pm EDT and the game is on TV on CBS with announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms along with sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.
The stakes do not get any higher in the NFL for a football game than in the Super Bowl. The winning team will always be remembered for the win and the losing team will always be marked as a Super Bowl loser. There is no getting around that and both the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers want to be remembered as Super Bowl winners in 2016.
- Denver Broncos +5.5 vs Carolina Panthers (O/U is 45)
Despite having NFL legend Peyton Manning at the helm the Denver Broncos are a 5.5 underdog in the betting odds to beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday. The Broncos are 14-4 this season. The 14 teams the Broncos beat this season went a combined 119-118 (.502) and the four teams they lost to went 38-30 (.559). Overall, the teams the Broncos played this season were a combined 157-148 (.515).
Peyton Manning has a stellar career record of 186-79 as a starting QB in the NFL in the regular season. In the playoffs and Super Bowl, though, Peyton Manning record is just 13-13 and in the Super Bowl alone he is just 1-2 with just three TD passes vs four interceptions.
The Carolina Panthers are 17-1 this season. The 17 teams the Panthers beat went a combined 131-150 (.466). The one team that beat the Panthers was the 8-8 Atlanta Falcons. Overall, the combined records of the teams the Carolina Panthers played this season was 139-158 (.468).
Cam Newton’s record as a starting quarterback in the NFL is 45-32-1. Cam Newton is making his first Super Bowl appearance this season in Super Bowl 50. In the NFL playoffs, Cam Newton’s record is 3-2 and he has completed a much higher percentage of his passes (64.3%) in the playoffs than during the regular season (59.5).
The over/under for Super Bowl 50 is 45 points. The Denver Broncos averaged 22 points scored per game this season while the Carolina Panthers averaged a NFL best 31 points scored per game. The Broncos defense gave up 19 points per game and the Panthers defense also gave up 19 points per game.
On paper, the Carolina Panthers are a very solid favorite to win Super Bowl 50. The Panthers defense is just as good as the Broncos defense and Carolina’s offense averages well over a touchdown more scored per game than Denver does.
The one thing Denver has going for it is the fact the Broncos played a much tougher schedule this season than Carolina did as the teams the Broncos played had a over .500 record (.515) vs just a .468 winning percentage for the teams Carolina played. But the Carolina Panthers only lost one game all season and the Broncos lost four.
Which team will win Super Bowl 50 and forever be known as Super Bowl Champions? Find out this week on Super Bowl Sunday.