In order to take pressure off Peyton Manning, Denver's defense and running game must perform well. Carolina sports one of the NFL's best run defenses. Which team will come out on top when Denver runs the ball?
Former general manager Marty Hurney had his share of draft misses, but the Carolina Panthers set their Super Bowl course in 2011 when Hurney and first-time coach Ron Rivera wore out their research staff and settled on the only logical No. 1 pick, Cam Newton.
Hundreds of NFL personnel will descend upon the sleepy southern town of Mobile, Ala. this week for the annual Senior Bowl, where roughly 110 highly rated prospects will be coached by members of the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars in what could be the most important week of their football-playing lives.
Newton is the league's likely MVP and he's facing off against one of the best defensive fronts in the league. Can he make his runs count while also delivering the football in the face of a fierce pass rush?