Carolina Panthers: 5 Biggest Takeaways from Third Preseason Game

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Carolina Panthers: 5 Biggest Takeaways from Third Preseason Game
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Cam Newton (1) takes off downfield on a broken play.

The Carolina Panthers out-defensed Rex Ryan’s vaunted New York Jets defense, and they scored when it mattered to earn a hard-fought road victory, 17-12, in the almost important third preseason game for both teams at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.

However, the biggest takeaway from the Panthers’ perspective was not Cam Newton’s 6-of-15 passing performance, nor was it that Carolina’s defense kept New York’s offense out of the end zone all game.

The key to watching preseason football intelligently is to look for small successes, miscues and trends that can foretell events as they may play out during the regular season.

Here is a look at the five biggest takeaways from the Carolina Panthers’ final meaningful warm-up game before the season opener in Tampa on September 9, 2012.

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