Sunday Night Football Preview: What to Watch For
Anytime you get another dose of Peyton Manning and the high-flying Denver Broncos, it’s a good time to be doing nothing but watching some football. Manning and co. looked great last week against the Seattle Seahawks and will face another stiff test against the San Francisco 49ers today.
The first of two Sunday games gets started at 4:00 PM Eastern, so let’s get right to it. What are the top reasons to tune into today’s action? Let’s take a look:
Cam Newton’s Debut
Newton rested last week and has been nursing a recovering ankle for months, so it will be very interesting to see how he and the ankle responds against the Chiefs elite pass rush. Newton should be close to 100%, but this first game back should tell us a lot.
Peyton Manning, Of Course
Manning played a decent amount last week and might play even more in his second preseason game of the year. He looked as sharp as ever last week, and if he can put up good numbers again it will be yet another sign that he’s basically unstoppable. Until he faces the Seahawks again in the Super Bowl, that is.
Kelvin Benjamin’s Development
Benjamin showed well last week with a nice touchdown, but this is his first live action with Newton under center. How Newton attacks coverage and how the Panthers continue to use the massive Benjamin will be interesting to watch.
Denver’s Running Backs
Montee Ball remains out and may not suit up at all for any of Denver’s preseason games. That’s fine, since the Broncos know what they have in him and still need to figure out who their main backup is going to be. It’s likely Ronnie Hillman, but C.J. Anderson needs to be monitored, along with whoever else Denver shoves out there to test out.
More Travis Kelce, Please
Kelce had a long touchdown reception in his pro debut a week ago and is slowly carving out a role in Kansas City’s passing attack. Look for him to be targeted a bit more in his second go around.
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