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NFL Preseason Preview - Carolina (1-1) at New England (1-1)



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - After two straight weeks of joint practice sessions with their preseason opponent in advance of the game, the New England Patriots will go it alone this week in preparation for the all-important third preseason game with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

Tom Brady was 8-of-10 for 81 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his preseason debut last week as New England defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 42-35.

Second-round draft choice Jimmy Garoppolo completed 6-of-12 passes for 72 yards and a pair of scores in relief of Brady, while Kenbrell Thompkins caught three passes for 32 yards and a touchdown for the Pats.

"(We'll) try to build off what we did and move into some situational stuff for Carolina, where we would normally be for a regular season work week," New England coach Bill Belichick said. "We're still working on a lot of things that we just need to work on."

Newton also took the field for the first time in 2014 last week and finished 4-of-9 for 65 yards as Carolina beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 28-16, in the Tar Heel State.

Newton had left ankle surgery in March and was held out of his team's first exhibition game against Buffalo the prior week.

Jonathan Stewart carried the ball four times for 26 yards and two touchdowns, while first-round rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin caught two passes for 41 yards for the Panthers.

The most famous Patriots and Panthers meeting came in Super Bowl XXXVIII, when New England came out on top, 32-29. Last season, the clubs clashed on "Monday Night Football" in Carolina, with the Panthers winning 24-20.

08/20 11:14:51 ET

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