10 quick thoughts from Carolina Panthers win vs. Broncos in Week 12

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Brian Burns was sensational

The Carolina Panthers are going to make Brian Burns a very wealthy man soon. Another starring effort from the defensive end in Week 12 against the Denver Broncos only added additional dollars to his demands.

Burns was an absolute menace all afternoon on his way to three tackles, two sacks, and one tackle for loss. The former Florida State star is well on course for a career year and general manager Scott Fitterer made the right call by not trading him to the Los Angeles Rams for a king’s ransom.

Carolina Panthers defense came out swinging

After an impressive display last weekend at the Baltimore Ravens, the Panthers’ defense was eager to build on this positive momentum. They took complete charge from the outset, imposing their will on the Broncos’ offense and making things extremely difficult for veteran quarterback Russell Wilson.

Carolina’s defense didn’t give Wilson a sniff throughout the first half. Had it not been for a couple of big gains from running back Latavius Murray, it would have been a relative shutout for Al Holcomb’s ever-improving unit.

Another impressive day for D’Onta Foreman

It was a frustrating afternoon at the Baltimore Ravens for D’Onta Foreman. Thankfully, normal service resumed for the running back against a stout Broncos defense in Week 12.

Foreman set the tone, took advantage of seams when they arrived and carved up some impressive plays to secure 113 rushing yards from 24 carries. The Panthers got themselves a diamond in the rough when they acquired the Texas product in 2022 free agency and if those in power had any sense, extending the player will be among their top priorities when the offseason officially begins.