NFL Capsule: Broncos at Panthers

NFL Capsule: Broncos at Panthers
November 8, 2012, 3:12 pm
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DENVER (5-3) At CAROLINA (2-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Broncos by 3 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Denver 5-3; Carolina 4-4

SERIES RECORD - Broncos lead 2-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Broncos No. 8; Panthers No. 25

LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Broncos 30-10, Dec. 14. 2008

LAST WEEK - Broncos beat Bengals 31-23; Panthers beat Redskins 21-13

BRONCOS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (17), PASS (4)

BRONCOS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (12), PASS (10)

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (12), PASS (17)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (20), PASS (13)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - John Fox spent nine seasons (2002-10) as Panthers coach and posted 73-71 record. ... QB Peyton Manning (419) needs two TD passes to surpass Dan Marino for second most in NFL history. Brett Favre NFL leader with 508. ... Manning registered 48th game-winning drive in fourth quarter or OT last week, passing Marino (47) for most in NFL since 1970. ... Manning has three TD passes in five straight games. ... RB Willis McGahee needs 14 yards rushing to reach 8,000 for career. ... WR DeMaryius Thomas has been beneficiary of Manning, posting career-best in catches (45) and yards receiving (756). ... WR Eric Decker seeks sixth straight game with at least one TD reception. He has four TDs in last two games. ... Since 2011, Joel Dreessen has 10 TD receptions, second-most among AFC TEs. ... DE Elvis Dumervil has five sacks in past five games. ... LB Von Miller had career-high three sacks last week vs. Bengals and has 20 1/2 sacks since joining NFL in 2011. ... KR Trindon Holliday had 105-yard return last week, longest in Broncos history. ... In first 24 career NFL games, QB Cam Newton only NFL player with 5,000-plus yards passing, 25-plus TD passes, 1,000-plus yards rushing and 15 rushing TDs in first two seasons. ... Newton 8-16 as starting QB. ... Newton 3-1 vs. AFC opponents. ... RB DeAngelo Williams had 56-yard TD run in last game vs. Denver. ... WR Steve Smith caught first TD pass of season last week. Smith has eight 100-yard receiving games vs. AFC in career. ... WR Brandon LaFell has reception of 20 or more yards in six of seven games he's played. He missed last week's game with concussion but is expected to play vs. Denver. ... DE Charles Johnson looks for third straight game with at least two sacks. ... On other side, DE Greg Hardy has 4 1/2 sacks in past two games. ... Panthers only NFL team with two players (Johnson and Hardy) with at least 6 1/2 sacks.

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