Carolina vs. New England: Panthers' Third Preseason Game Preview

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Carolina vs. New England: Panthers' Third Preseason Game Preview
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The Carolina Panthers (1-1) will make their first road trip of the preseason when they visit the New England Patriots (1-1) Friday night. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since the controversial ending during their Monday Night Football contest last November.

While this upcoming game, the third for both teams, may be meaningless in terms of wins and losses, the Patriots have to be thinking about a measure of revenge since the Panthers escaped that game with a win.

The regular season is almost here and that means roster cuts are just around the corner. The good news is the NFL approved an expansion of practice squad rosters from eight to 10 players. This bodes well for Carolina players like quarterback Joe Webb and Fozzy Whittaker; both men have made strong cases this preseason to make the 53-man roster.

Carolina will get another look at their starting quarterback, Cam Newton. The fourth-year signal-caller missed the preseason opener, but started the second game last week and played almost the entire first half. Jonathan Stewart looked impressive in his return last week and gave the coaches and fans reason for optimism with his two scores. If he stays healthy, he and Mike Tolbert could be very potent down near the goal line.

There are a lot of things to cover for this week's game. Let's get to it.


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