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Carolina Panthers Lead Tennessee Titans 13-7 At Halftime

The first-team offense and defense for the Carolina Panthers saw more playing time against the Titans than they did last week against the Ravens and take a 13-7 lead into halftime. These are some notes from the first half of the second preseason game.

Cam Newton Sharp Against Titans

The Carolina Panthers' starting quarterback was on the field for four drives against the Tennessee Titans and led them to two scores (touchdown, field goal). He finished the game completing eight of 12 passes for 162 yards with one touchdown, a 61-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr..

Newton was able to have the day he did because the role players around him also were sharp with minimal mistakes. Ginn Jr. had the play of the game taking a short pass and out-running the entire defense for the score and Fozzy Whittaker added a 36-yard reception as well.

Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess also continued their strong preseason, combining for four receptions for 48 yards on seven targets. This is a great sign as these two are expected to be major contributors for this offense.

Thieves Ave. Continues to Shine

The Panthers' secondary made their presence known in the first half against the Titans. It started on the first drive as the Titans were driving and Bene Benwikere was able to undercut a pass thrown by Marcus Mariota and make the pick. Then in the second quarter, rookie Zack Sanchez was able to intercept a pass that was tipped by A.J. Klein.

This is a great sign of things to come but even better was that Benwikere made that first pass. The fact that he appears to have lost his starting outside job and moved inside to nickel could be considered a disappointment. However, he played very well and even added a sack to his interception.

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