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Carolina Panthers' Offense Faces Toughest Challenge of the Season Against Denver Broncos' Defense

The Carolina Panthers' offense has been one of the best in the league this year but they will be going up against one of the best defenses in the league, the Denver Broncos.

The Carolina Panthers finished the year as the highest scoring offense, averaging 31.3 points per game. The postseason hasn't slowed this group down as the Panthers have score 31 points against the Seattle Seahawks and 49 points against the Arizona Cardinals. They have scored over 30 points in eight of the last nine games.

The Panthers' opponent in Super Bowl 50, the Denver Broncos, has one of the best defenses in the league this year. They rank near the top, if not the best, in a number of statistical categories.

Category Total Per Game Rank
Total Yards 283.1 1st
Passing Yards 199.6 1st
Rushing Yards 83.6 3rd
Points 18.5 4th
Sacks 3.25 1st
Takeaways 1.68 7th

The Broncos defense has done an excellent job of keeping teams off the scoreboard, holding opponents under 21 points in six out of the last seven games.

The biggest concern for the Panthers' has to be the pass rush of the Broncos with players like DeMarcus WareVon Miller and Shane Ray who have combined for 22.5 sacks in the regular season, which is more than the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons had all season.

While, the Broncos have an excellent defense the Panthers' defense pose a number of problems ranging from the speed of Ted Ginn Jr. and Philly Brown, the receiving threat of Greg Olsen from the tight end position to the run game led by Jonathan Stewart.

However, it is quarterback Cam Newton that is the biggest challenge and the Broncos' defensive coordinator Wade Phillips had high praise for him during Opening Night, according to this tweet from ESPN's Ed Werder.

https://twitter.com/Edwerderespn/status/694340886927245312

Newton isn't a stranger to some of the best defenses though. The Seahawks finished the regular season first in points against and the Cardinals finished seventh and the Panthers scored 80 points against them. He averaged 248 passing yards and scored a total of five touchdowns to only one interceptions in the two postseason games.

The Super Bowl is meant to be the game pitting the best the league has to offer and it is clear that this is one matchup that will do just that.

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