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What to watch for: Panthers-Titans

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We here at the NFL had so much fun watching the return of football last weekend that we decided to do it all again this week. Around The NFL's Conor Orr dissects what you can expect to see from the 16 games this weekend.

Here's what to what to watch for ...

Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans (3 p.m.)

» More exotic smashmouth? The Titans looked downright slick in their preseason opener against the Chargers, whipping out a velvety statue-of-liberty play and uncorking their new-look two-headed monster at running back. That should be a little tougher to do against the Panthers, but confidence is a funny thing and Mike Mularkey is hoping this offensive line isn't scared of the deepest front four in football.

» Dave Gettleman scolded us skeptics for wondering how James Bradberry and Daryl Worley would handle the cornerback spots this year. He spent the entire season proving us wrong a year ago, but will the finger-wagging tour continue? The Titans should give the rookie defensive backs some good work, especially with Dorial Green-Beckham out of the way.

» Will Kelvin Benjamin look any better? Ron Rivera brought up some issues with Benjamin's physical condition coming off the ACL tear and doesn't see him as a player who can handle 40 snaps at the moment. Per ESPN.com: "Coach Ron Rivera noted on Saturday that Benjamin has been getting winded, particularly after a deep pattern or two. He said the goal was to get Benjamin, coming off a knee injury that ended his season last year in camp, where he can handle 30-35 snaps by the end of the preseason."

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