The Denver Broncos’ defense made things tough for 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. The Broncos sacked the Carolina quarterback seven times in their 24-10 victory over the Panthers in the NFL championship game.
The 2016 NFL season will kick off with a rematch of Super Bowl 50. When the NFL unveiled its 2016 schedule on Thursday night, the opening game showed the Panthers visiting Denver at 7:30 p.m. CDT Sept. 8.
Denver outside linebacker Von Miller won the MVP Award for the Broncos’ Super Bowl victory. He had 2.5 sacks, with two of them resulting in fumbles by Newton, and Miller has seemed determined not to let the former Auburn star forget it.
Miller has tweeted about wearing Kryptonite cleats to poke fun at Newton’s affinity for Superman, cracked jokes about the Super Bowl on “Saturday Night Live” and, on Wednesday, Photoshopped himself into a picture of Newton playing water polo, so that it appeared to be another strip sack.
After the NFL schedule was released, Newton posted Miller’s doctored photograph on Instagram with the caption “thought this was cute” and saying he was looking for revenge on Sept. 8.
Newton added as hashtags “All respect to you my killa” and “I know you will be ready we will too.”
On Monday, Newton had posted on Instagram a picture of himself playing water polo.
Newton’s trip to the pool was part of his new Nickelodeon television show “All In With Cam Newton.” In the program, Newton helps youngsters get a glimpse of their dreams, and the quarterback has done a variety of things with the kids who will be featured on the program.
The 2016 season will be the first since 1970 that features a Super Bowl rematch in Week 1 of the following season. The Kansas City Chiefs, who’d won Super Bowl IV over Minnesota, lost to the Vikings to open the 1970 season.