DENVER -- The 2016 NFL season starts the same way the last one ended, with Von Miller staring down Cam Newton.Denvers star linebacker got the best of Newton in Super Bowl 50, stripping both the football (twice) and the Lombardi Trophy from the Carolina quarterbacks grasp in the Broncos 24-10 win over the Panthers.The sequel wont feature Peyton Manning, who retired a month later. When longtime backup Brock Osweiler signed with Houston two days after Mannings tearful goodbye, GM John Elway embarked on a months-long search for a successor.He didnt find him in the draft, free agency or via trade, but right there on his roster in Trevor Siemian, a seventh-round draft pick in 2015 from Northwestern wholl be making his first NFL start Thursday night.Siemian has never thrown a pass as a pro. At least he wont have to face star cornerback Josh Norman, who signed with the Redskins after the Panthers rescinded their franchise tag in the offseason.Instead, Siemian will square off against two rookie cornerbacks in James Bradberry and Daryl Worley, the biggest changes on the NFC champions roster that returns 18 starters.Im not going to look at them like theyre rookies, Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. Im going to treat them like theyre Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman.While the Panthers were restocking, the Broncos were busy rebuilding. They return just five offensive starters from the Super Bowl.The massive makeover didnt take away from their championship celebration. When they visited the White House, receiver Demaryius Thomas got to personally thank President Barack Obama for commuting his mothers drug sentence, and successfully pleaded for the release of his grandmother this summer, as well.Nobody basked in the limelight quite like Miller, who skipped the offseason program before signing a record-breaking contract. He embarked on a six-month jet-setting junket of television and dance studios.Millers torment of Newton in the Super Bowl was just the start. He made him the butt of his jokes on SNL and trolled him on Instagram, photo-shopping himself knocking another ball out of Newtons hands when the QB posted a picture of himself playing with the U.S. water polo team.Miller said this week it was all in good fun and called Newton the best player in the league.Newton insisted he took no offense and called Miller one of the great players in this NFL.There are plenty of other story lines drawing attention as the teams meet 215 days after Super Bowl 50:RESTOCKED PANTHERS : Two factors that could help slow down the Broncos pass rush are the return to health of WR Kelvin Benjamin, who missed last season with a torn ACL, and RB Jonathan Stewart, who was held to 29 yards rushing after hurting a foot early in the Super Bowl. Coach Ron Rivera said he wants to limit his 6-foot-5, 245-pound receivers snaps to 30-35 per game, down from about twice that as a rookie in 2014.REBUILT BRONCOS : Siemian isnt the only new face. The Broncos now feature a fullback along with three new linemen and two new tight ends. Elway also replaced two specialists, including punter/holder Britton Colquitt, in favor of rookies. But the Broncos return nine starters on their dazzling defense, 10 if you count CB Bradley Roby; theyre in the nickel package most of the time.REMMERS NIGHTMARE : Sure, RT Mike Remmers got beaten twice on the edge by Miller last February, resulting in a pair of strip-sacks against Newton that led to 15 points. But Rivera has staunchly defended Remmers, saying the criticism is absurd and declaring, I have absolute confidence in Mike Remmers. GM Dave Gettleman is quick to point out the Panthers are 22-4 since Remmers took over as their starting right tackle.DEMARYIUS DO-OVER : Thomas had 105 catches for 1,304 yards last year. But he only had six TDs to go with 18 drops and a forgettable Super Bowl performance. His dogged determination to have a bounce-back year was on full display this summer. D.T.s had one of the best camps Ive been around, coach Gary Kubiak said. It earned the soft-spoken Thomas offensive captain honors.DOUBLING DOWN : Denvers dazzling defense was one of the best ever, and it doesnt look like the Broncos will retreat minus Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan. We know what we can do, safety T.J. Ward said. Weve got the same defense as last year. We plan on picking up right where we left off. Were not trying to prove nothing to nobody. We did that already. And were trying to do it better this year.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton http://www.texansrookiestore.com/Texans-Xavier-Su-A-Filo-Jersey/ . Aduriz headed home Markel Susaetas cross in the sixth minute to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium. 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It was a rare gem on a weekend when the NFLs special teams didnt live up to the moniker.Dan Quinns gut betrayed him in another Atlanta loss, and Ryan Fitzpatrick has gone from tossing interceptions to throwing darts at his coach, owner and GM.Kings was among the best calls in the NFLs Week 7 that featured Tony Dungy calling for Jeff Fisher to give No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff a chance to kick-start his career already.Put him in now, the Hall of Famer and NBC analyst said after watching Case Keenum throw three fourth-quarter interceptions in the Rams 17-10 loss to the Giants in London. Its obvious Case Keenum cannot take this team to the playoffs.Fisher doesnt want to hear it.Jareds going to play when we feel Jareds ready, Fisher said.To which Dungy said, I believe theyve got to get him ready.FADING FALCONS: When the Falcons won at Denver two weeks ago, Quinn said there was no comparison between this years team and last years. In 2015, the Falcons won their first five but finished 8-8. We are mentally tougher this time around, he said.Quinn showed too much faith in them in overtime Sunday.The Falcons (4-3) lost their second straight game when Quinn went for it on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 45-yard line and Devonta Freeman was stuffed by linebacker Denzel Perryman . That set up Josh Lambos 42-yard winning field goal in the Chargers 33-30 win.It was just instincts, Perryman said. On fourth-and-1, it was a no-brainer that they were going to run the ball.Another no-brainer? Burying the Chargers deep with a punt right there.It was a gut feeling that I went with and it didnt work, Quinn said. We can second-guess it. Thats easy to do but it was more of a mindset. I have such belief in the guys to go and get that half a yard that we needed.In Quinns defense, special teams had a tough time Sunday, starting with Jets rookie punter Lachlan Edwards letting the ball slip through his hands on New Yorks first possession, handing Baltimore a quick 2-yard touchdown.The Raiders were leading the Jaguars by 10 with 3:35 left when King went in to punt on fourth-and-24. It looked like he was going to get smothered by the Jaguars when the snap skittered along the grass and he scooped it up. King, however, tucked the ball and darted 27 yards down the right sideline for the clinching first down.We feel like were a good football team thats learning how to win games and recognizing theres still a lot of things we need to work on, Raidders coach Jack Del Rio said.dddddddddddd.His athletic punter isnt on his fix-it list.DREARY IN THE DESERT: Hours after 43-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri sent his 43rd consecutive field goal attempt through the goal posts for Indianapolis, the Seahawks and Cardinals stumbled to a 6-6 tie. Arizonas Chandler Catanzaro clanked a 24-yard would-be winner off the left upright, and Seattles Stephen Hauschka hooked a 27-yarder with 7 seconds left in OT.I make that kick 999,999 times out of a million, Catanzaro said.Catanzaros miss came on third-and-6 after the Cardinals took a 5-yard delay-of-game penalty when they couldnt punch it in from inside the 1. Hauschka missed wide left on second-and-goal from the 10 with the clock ticking down.Sometimes bad luck oversteps good decisions.PRATFALL IN PITTSBURGH: The Steelers opted to try a 54-yard field goal on fourth-and-3 with about nine minutes left when trailing New England 27-16. Chris Boswell pushed it right and the Steelers never got close again.He made a similar kick a year ago in that same spot on the field when we tried him out. And the weather conditions were worse than they are tonight, coach Mike Tomlin said. We were down there, we had an opportunity to make it a one-score game. I took that chance.And the Steelers came away empty-handed for the second time after a takeaway in Patriots territory.THROWING DARTS: Fitzpatrick still believes in himself, even if the Jets decision makers dont. Just five days after being benched, the veteran quarterback came on in relief of an injured Geno Smith and helped lead the Jets on three scoring drives in a 24-16 comeback victory over the Ravens.The biggest thing in this game, in order to last, is to have belief in yourself, Fitzpatrick said. Because when the owner stops believing in you, the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself.Yes, he added, he means he feels nobody believes in him anymore, not owner Woody Johnson, not GM Mike Maccagnan, not coach Todd Bowles.Yeah, when you get put on the bench, he said, I think thats the reason why.But with Smith now out with a knee injury, it looks like Fitz will be back behind center.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---AP Sports Writers Dennis Waszak Jr. and Will Graves contributed.---Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Jerseys NFL China ' ' '