The Carolina Panthers team record stands at 0-2, but in terms of defense versus offense, score stands as defense: 2 and offense: 0. Both against the Ravens and Jets, the offense has been a no-show. Matt Moore has not looked like a starting QB and Jimmy Clausen has looked really good, but has made some rookie mistakes. The offense has yet to score a point and in defense of Clausen and Moore, the offensive line is core and literally has holes in it. Pass protection is still a concern allowing 11 sacks in two games with the offense completing only 42% of their passes. Clausen has been playing in a little bit of pain after having surgery to repair his right big toe that troubled him at Notre Dame last season.
Next comes the Tennessee Titans, that is not the important item. The important thing is that it is week 3 of the exhibition season. The starters play more, deep into the third quarter as the coaching staff wants this game to resemble a real game. This week Steve Smith returned to full practice, along with wideout Trent Guy and linebacker Jamar Williams The same story goes for across the ball, as the Panthers should expect to see a lot of Titan RB Chris Johnson. Johnson, a former East Carolina standout, led the NFL in rushing last season will want to shine in front of his home crowd. It is not yet decided whom will start at DT for the Panthers, however Derek Landri and Tank Tyler should see a lot of playing time.
Tennessee comes to Charlotte with a 1-1 record, coming off of a Monday night victory against the Arizona. Titans QB backup Kerry Collins returns to Charlotte after being a 1995 first round pick of the Carolina Panthers. This will be the first preseason meeting between the two clubs while the last regular season meeting ended up in a 20-7 Titans victory in 2007.
About the Author
Written by Chris Jones
Resident of Charlotte, NC and avid sports fan from little league to professional to extreme. Bachelors degree in broadcasting with a minor in physical education. Associated with sports most of professional career by freelancing in college then moving on to work for ESPN and ABC Sports for 17 years. When not attending, watching or playing sports, spare time spent as a basketball referee in North Carolina.