Cam Newton basically said on Super Bowl Opening Night that the Panthers are a better team than the Broncos.
“If they’re at their best and we’re at our best, we’re going to win,” Newton told the assembled media, via NFL.com.
It’s not exactly a Joe Namath guarantee. The Panthers are 3.5-point favorites according to Sports Book Review, so Newton isn’t exactly turning the world upside-down with his confidence.
The Panthers jumped out to a 31-0 halftime lead over the Seahawks in the NFC divisional playoffs and a 17-0 first-quarter lead over the Cardinals in the NFC championship game.
That was the Panthers at their best, and if they play at that level in Super Bowl 50, it’s hard to argue with Newton.