Of course, that will mean little in a game where starters will shake hands, exchange a few unpleasantries in the first quarter, then spend the rest of the game holding their helmets and joking around with teammates.
What can Panthers fans glean from this game? The answer is not much that will be relevant to the season opener, but plenty for right now.
How will Jake Delhomme look in his first action since injuring his right elbow in Week Three at Atlanta a year ago? Who will he throw to?
Will the Panthers running game look like the 2003 running attack that carried the Panthers into February, or will it look broken before October?
What will the defense look like? Will the defensive line be able to get pressure on the quarterback?
The Panthers have been one of the NFL's most successful teams in the preseason under head coach John Fox. Look for that trend to continue. But also look for the game within the game. The Colts, even without star quarterback Peyton Manning, offer a great first test for a team with a lot of question marks. After all, they have built one of the NFL's model franchises. The Panthers are looking to see how they stack up against the best so that they can return to Spartanburg and get back to work.