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Carolina vs. Denver prediction, odds: Best bet is Carolina

Here’s a prediction for tonight’s Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos game in NFL week 1 2016 action:

The Panthers not only disappointed folks in the Carolinas with their Super Bowl performance in February, they also let down Pro Picks. With a chance for a winning record for the 2015 season, we went with Cam Newton and Co. over the Broncos. So we got run over by Von Miller, too.

Carolina vs. Denver game time: 7:30 p.m. central time.

TV channel: NBC 

Odds: Carolina -3; over/under 41.5

Now here we go again: Panthers vs. Broncos to open the 2016 schedule Thursday night. And call us stubborn, stupid or whatever, we’re right back on the Panthers (No. 1 in AP Pro32), who are 1-point favorites.

Here’s why: While Denver’s defense still will approach all-world, the offense is in the hands of an untested second-year quarterback, Trevor Siemian. Against Carolina’s solid D featuring as good a set of linebackers as the NFL has, the Broncos (No. 6 AP Pro32) aren’t likely to find the end zone much.

Nor will the Panthers, but Cam Newton, last year’s MVP, believes he has a lot to prove after that mediocre Super Bowl. Prove it he will in the kickoff game.

Pick: PANTHERS, 21-16

The Associated Press contributed to this report.