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Game Preview – Panthers @ Dolphins

After a disappointing effort in the preseason opener against the Giants, the Panthers will take the field in their 2nd game of the preseason tomorrow night when they take on the Miami Dolphins at Landshark Stadium (or whatever its name is now) in Miami.

It is ironic that the Panthers will be playing a 2nd straight opponent in the preseason that they will face at some point in the regular season (they play the Dolphins on 11/19 and the Giants on 12/27).

The starters will most likely see limited action like they did in the first game, although they will probably play the entire first quarter in this game. I expect the first team to be out of the game by the 2nd quarter, and the back-ups and fringe players will finish out the rest of the game.

I’m interested to see how well the back up QB’s play in this game. Hopefully the OL will give them more time to get off throws so a true evaluation of their abilities can be made, and hopefully they can learn to hold on to the football long enough to sustain drives to give the skill position players some reps.

Steve Smith will be traveling with the team to Miami, but it is still uncertain whether or not he will see any action. He is listed as a “game time decision” as of right now, and I expect him to spend his time on the sidelines cheering his teammates.

There is no reason to put him on the field and subject him to further injury in a meaningless game, especially when it’s Steve Smith – it’s not like he needs to learn how to run routes and catch passes.

DT Marlon Favorite should see a lot of time on the field since he has been out playing Nick Hayden in practice and should get a chance to take over the starting spot that has become vacant due to Kemoeatu’s season-ending injury.

RB Mike Goodson has been fined $7500 by the NFL for his “throat slash” gesture in the first preseason game after he scored a touchdown in the 2nd half against the Giants. I’m sure that this fine, along with the woodshed treatment he got from head coach John Fox, will be enough to ensure that such a gesture doesn’t happen again.

I don’t expect the Panthers to show any unique schemes on either side of the ball, mainly because they play the Dolphins again in the regular season and don’t want to give them any game-plan material when the game actually counts. Look for this to be another vanilla-flavored game for the Panthers.

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