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Happy homecoming for Fox; Broncos bash Panthers

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Former Panthers coach John Fox got his moment in the sun, and the Broncos improved to 6-3, shutting down the Panthers 36-14.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 301 yards and a touchdown, but this one was mostly about the Panthers problems on offense and special teams, which didn’t give them a chance to win.

The Panthers actually played competitively on defense, forcing a pair of turnovers.

But they allowed huge plays in the other two phases, eliminating ay slim chance they had.

After a Charles Johnson sack-strip gave them the ball, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw an egregious pick-six on first down while being tripped, making it 24-7 in the third quarter. They also allowed a punt return for a touchdown.

Newton was 21-of-36 for 241 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and the Panthers ran for just 52 yards, hitting the wall in the first quarter. When they did make a play, it was undone quickly, such as a 62-yard run by Jonathan Stewart negated by a holding penalty.

The Panthers protection was awful. Left tackle Jordan Gross is the only lineman to play every snap in the spot he started the season on the line, and Gross struggled along with the rest of his odd lot of linemates.

The Broncos were only too happy to accept, but Von Miller played the kind of disruptive game that has the Broncos all too happy the Panthers took Newton first overall in 2011.

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13 Responses to “Happy homecoming for Fox; Broncos bash Panthers”
  1. faris213 says: Nov 11, 2012 4:16 PM

    Man, i can’t wait to watch Cam Newton’s post game conference after watching this game. This is going to be EPIC

  2. liverpoolred04 says: Nov 11, 2012 4:19 PM

    The last sentence made no sense….carry on

  3. ronswansonsdinner says: Nov 11, 2012 4:23 PM

    I don’t think Ryan Kalil is taking out any super bowl ads in the Charlotte Observer anymore.

  4. spellingcops says: Nov 11, 2012 4:25 PM

    That performance just got Von Miller AFC Defensive player of the week.

  5. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Nov 11, 2012 4:36 PM

    Von Miller was a beast today! Denver D dominated the line all day. Peyton Manning continues to defy all of the preseason haters. Broncos are playing as well or better than any other AFC team!

  6. horsemeat47 says: Nov 11, 2012 4:52 PM

    TD’s rushing, passing, defense, special teams, field goal,and safety. Pretty complete domination. Oh, and Von is a beast.

  7. CKL says: Nov 11, 2012 7:50 PM

    Miller was amazing today. Wow. Also, the Texans have to be wondering what’s up with their cutting guys who stink on their team and they go on to be contributors on others (Jones for Balt, now Holliday).

  8. mrhashplant says: Nov 11, 2012 7:52 PM

    Did Mr.Newton even run?

  9. malvaren18 says: Nov 11, 2012 10:38 PM

    Can you say MVP No.18

  10. nodindenver says: Nov 11, 2012 10:48 PM

    I might have to change my handle if these guys continue to dominate on D. All the San Fran hacks said that Manning made the wrong choice because of the D and it is looking like Manning was spot on. Today, Vonn Miller was dancing like he was at a sack recital and Robert Ayers even made the box score. Houston made a big mistake on T Holliday and it just may come back to haunt them! GO BRONCOS and Keep it up Denver D!

  11. skinswillsurprise says: Nov 11, 2012 11:39 PM

    Is Deangleo Williams “disrespected” by the Panther Alumni being at the game?

  12. delhommed says: Nov 12, 2012 4:05 AM

    Panthers STINK! Tell me why I drive 2 hours 1 way, pay $30 for parking, $100 for a ticket and $15 for a sandwich and drink! Today was another garbage effort. Special teams are anything but. Many of you won’t agree, but we need a coach like Fox. He made the playoffs with Tim Tebow as a starting QB last year… who else could do that?

  13. jgedgar70 says: Nov 12, 2012 1:20 PM

    Wow. At least it was a good day for me to start Greg Olsen and the Broncos D on my fantasy team. 88 points just from those 2.

    This is beyond embarrassing. Jordan Gross should have been put out to pasture 3 years ago, we haven’t had a legitimate NFL player at right tackle in many more years, and Cam is left out to dry. The only consolation is that we still have the rest of the AFC West on the schedule; should get 2 wins out of those.

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