CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) – The Carolina Panthers will get a shot at revenge as they kick off the 2016 NFL season against the Denver Broncos.
The Panthers will play in Denver on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.
The Panthers travel out west four times over the course of the season. They play the Broncos and then play the newly minted Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum Nov. 6.
In back-to-back weeks, the Panthers face Oakland on Nov. 27 and then Seattle on Dec. 4. That is a brutal stretch for Carolina. The Raiders are poised to have a breakout season and the Seahawks should be solid once again.
Since 2004, the defending Super Bowl champion has annually hosted the first game of the following season. That honor went to the Broncos after they beat the Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.
The game between the Broncos and Panthers marks the first time ever that the NFL has opened a season with a Super Bowl rematch.
It won’t exactly be a rematch, because the Broncos have undergone some major changes since beating the Panthers in February.
For one, Denver has no clue who its starting quarterback will be on Sept. 8.
With Peyton Manning out of football for good and Osweiler in Houston, Mark Sanchez is the only viable starter currently on the Broncos’ roster. The Broncos defense also took a hit this offseason when defensive lineman Malik Jackson left for Jacksonville.
CBS Sports contributed to this article.