Denver looks like a team that is going to be very difficult to stop all day. The Panthers finally did so on Denver's 2nd drive, but not until the Broncos had reached inside the Panthers' 25. A 43-yard field goal from Matt Prater makes it 10-7, Denver, with 3:37 left in the first quarter.
Denver is such a pass-first team that on third-and-1 from the Carolina 22, the Broncos lined up in the shotgun and threw a wide receiver screen. The Panthers smothered that one to force the field goal -- one of the few times they've done anything positive on defense in the first quarter.