After their late-game rally fell short against the Buffalo Bills in the team's preseason opener, the Carolina Panthers (0-1) draw a prime-time meeting against another AFC opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs (1-0).
This will be an interesting game to watch as Cam Newton will be making his preseason debut, and fans will be eager to see his chemistry with a new-look receiver corps. Considering that one of those receivers is rookie first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin, the interest level should be high.
Kansas City was another surprise team last year that started out hot under the guidance of veteran head coach Andy Reid, who was in his first year with the franchise. Reid was able to lead the Chiefs to a playoff berth as a wild-card team. He and his offense will test a dominant Carolina defense Sunday.
Neither team figures to keep their starters in for long, but Carolina head coach Ron Rivera mentioned the starters could play longer into this game, given the short turnaround to prepare for New England.
While there are two more games left to play once the dust settles after this weekend's matchup, players will need to give their all to stand out to the coaching staff with roster cuts looming.
In the meantime, here is the team preview heading into the second preseason game.