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The highly anticipated second season of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton continues this week in the 2012 NFL preseason, with a match up against the Miami Dolphins in the second of four exhibition match ups.
Newton and the Panthers lost 26-13 in their first preseason game on Saturday. The second-year quarterback out of Auburn was only in the game for a few series, completing two of six attempts for 17 yards. It wasn’t exactly a super productive outing, but it’s not about wins and losses in the preseason. Behind Newton, Carolina is expected to make a push in the NFC South division this season. The Panthers won six games last season, which was five more than in 2010. It was definitely a giant leap forward, and that was without the benefit of a full offseason for Newton because of the strike that had been going on.
Carolina has gone from an afterthought, to one of the more exciting teams in the league to watch behind Newton.
For Miami, it was a 20-7 loss in their first preseason game against Tampa Bay. But it was the performance of rookie quarterback drafted in the first round Ryan Tannehill which was the story here. Tannehill got plenty of playing time in his first preseason game, completing 14 of 21 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown.
Pretty solid for taking an NFL field for the first time.
Matt Moore also wasn’t too bad, competing seven passes on 12 attempts for 79 yards, but had one interception.
Running back Reggie Bush had four carries for 17 yards.
Of course, the big story coming out of Miami this week was the departure of Chad johnson, who was released by the team. Johnson is now back on the market looking to latch onto a team before the start of the regular season.
Carolina has been set as a four-point favorite on NFL Preseason Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook.
Miami and Carolina kick off at 8pm ET on Friday.