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On one side of the ball, you've got the No. 1 overall draft pick and the most talked-about college player last year, for good and bad reasons.
On the other, you don't really know who you're gonna get.
The Carolina Panthers visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Aug. 25, and the third week of preseason should have brought some clarity to both teams.
Cam Newton will have plenty of pressure on his shoulders even during preseason, and he'll be itching to prove he wasn't just a one-season wonder in college.
Carson Palmer and Mike Brown are both holding firm, and chances are this game of chicken will go right down to the wire—even though Brown would be very smart to trade the unhappy quarterback and get something in return for his woeful team instead of just letting him retire and leave the team hanging.
Learn when to take a stand and when to take advantage, Brown.
Will Newton show some understanding of the pros, or will the pressure be too much for him this early?
Will this stupid battle between Palmer and Brown still be dragging on, or will Pete Carroll give his old apprentice new life in the NFL (don't say you haven't been thinking it)?