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Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos: NFL Kickoff 2016 Open Thread

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Date: 8 September 2016
Location: Denver, CO
Time: 7:30 PM Central Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
TV: NBC Radio: XM/Sirius 88 (National)
CAR: XM 226, Sirius 83
DEN: XM 225, Sirius 81
TV Announcers: Al Michaels
Cris Collinsworth
Know Thy Foes: Cat Scratch Reader
Mile High Report
Weather: 83 degrees, winds 5 MPH from NW, 0% chance of rain
Line: Carolina -3, Over/Under 40.5 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds Page)
Chris' Prediction: Broncos 20, Panthers 17
Final Score: Broncos 21, Panthers 20

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-Basically, thou shalt not be a jackwagon in the game thread.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have an announcement to make. . .


While we have to wait until Sunday to watch the one team that we really care about, the 2016 NFL regular season officially gets underway tonight in Denver with a rematch of Super Bowl 50 as the Denver Broncos play host to the Carolina Panthers.

About seven months ago, we watched the Broncos take down the Panthers, 23-10, to give Peyton Manning his second Super Bowl championship (though he didn't have a hell of a lot to do with the final result) and ride off into the sunset as a champion. With a new quarterback in Trevor Siemian and the same ferocious defense that led the way for them last year, they're the underdog in this one. Reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton leads his team into this season opener, and the Carolina offense should get even better with the addition of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who missed all of last season with a knee injury.

If you're wanting to stream this game, NBC Sports will be doing so legally. If you need another source, find it somewhere else.

We're just about half an hour away from kickoff, ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy the start of the 2016 NFL season!