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Carolina Panthers' Preseason Schedule Released

The Carolina Panthers' preseason schedule was released on Thursday and it has some familiar teams and players that fans will recognize.

The Carolina Panthers found out the four teams they will face this preseason, which includes match-ups with two former long-time Panthers.

The Panthers start their preseason with two consecutive games on the road, traveling to face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1 and then to Tennessee to face the Titans in Week 2. When they travel to Baltimore, they may have to face off against Steve Smith however that is not a guarantee. Smith is recovering from a torn Achilles suffered last year and even if he does play starters are typically limited to a series or two in the first preseason game.

The team will then finish the preseason at home against the same two teams they finished the past two preseasons with: New England Patriots in Week 3 and Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4. That Week 3 match-up is certainly intriguing as teams use that week typically as a dress rehearsal for the regular season. This will most likely be the game that the starters will get the most playing time and should be a good test for them.

In the final regular season game, the Panthers will face the franchise's leading rusher, DeAngelo Williams, who is now a member of the Steelers. The Panthers traveled to Pittsburgh last year however Williams did not have any carries in that game. This season will actually be the 14th straight year the Panthers close the preseason against the Steelers.

While some of these games would appear to be marquee match-ups, the Panthers will not have any nationally televised preseason games this year.

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