Tom Brady threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 60-yard field goal and the New England Patriots shut down Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers 30-7 on Friday night.
Follow along for all the updates from Friday night’s Patriots-Panthers preseason game.
Rarely is there reason for much excitement in the NFL preseason, but if ever there were an appropriate time to start feeling the football tinglies, this week would be it.
Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak preview the 2014 season for the Carolina Panthers.
The Carolina Panthers cut the face of the franchise, Steve Smith, and let the only other three wide receivers on the roster that caught a pass last season leave as free agents. Tight end Greg Olsen is the only proven receiver returning from last season’s squad. Olsen should be Cam Newton’s favorite target this season.
Unwritten rules for baseball one day, unwritten rules for football the next.
Steve Smith was officially released by the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, making the veteran receiver a free agent.
The Panthers are reportedly trying to trade wideout Steve Smith, 34, by the start of free agency, and if they can’t reach a deal to ship him out of Carolina they’ll likely cut him and his $7 million cap number.
The Carolina Panthers really weren’t even expected to contend for a playoff spot this season, but they surpassed all expectations and then some. Unfortunately, a team they got the better of during the regular season got the better of them in the playoffs.
My hands may be white from all the chalk I pick, you know there will be one supreme surprise this week. But where? Since we went 3-1 last week – losing with the wretched Bengals, like everyone else – let’s try our hand at the most heavenly weekend of a most horrible winter.