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Game Preview – Panthers vs. Ravens

This is it. The preseason game that counts. (Does it really count though?)

Look for the starters to get a lot of playing time tomorrow night against Baltimore. We may even see Steve Smith suit up and play for the first time this year. I don’t look for DeAngelo Williams to get that much playing time though, with him nursing a slight knee injury and already looking in top shape, the Panthers don’t want to risk him getting seriously injured in a meaningless game. So look for Mike Goodson to try and prove his worth against one of the NFL’s toughest run defenses.

I hope the Panthers’ defense actually shows up and plays football tomorrow. I’m tired of seeing the vanilla schemes and no blitzing. I want to see some hard-nosed football. I’ve waited long enough, dang it. Let the defense hit people, please.

Tomorrow’s game will probably be the last chance for a few players to make the roster, and one that I will be watching is Ryne Robinson, who may have lost his spot after his inability to hang on to the ball on a punt return. He will get a chance to win the job, but I really believe his time in Carolina will be over, especially when there are other options at return man who have had a better preseason.

The Ravens have one of the best defensive units in the league, so they will be a great test for the offense to find out where they are this year. Hopefully the first team offense can at least put some drives together and put some points on the board, which against the Ravens is not an easy task to say the least.

Kickoff is at 8:00 in Charlotte.

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