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Walker says Mariota 'played great' (0:33)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera hopes Cam Newton will be ready to make his preseason debut in Thursday night's game at Jacksonville. "We're going to increase his throwing [next week],'' Rivera said after Newton sat out of Saturday's loss to the Titans while rehab on his surgically-repaired shoulder continues. "He had a really good week this week. . . . He's on target. We're happy with it.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Christian McCaffrey's touchdown run: "Just the explosiveness. You always hold your breath when he's got the football, especially when he's got space.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers started this one with a turnover and it appears this one will be decided by that Garrett Gilbert strip sack. Titans retake the lead 34-27 on a 3-yard touchdown run up the middle. You can bet the three turnovers will be a big part of Ron Rivera's postgame talk.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Once down 17-0, the Panthers have tied this one at 27-27. Coach Ron Rivera still can't like the sloppiness of the first half, the first quarter for sure. But he has to like the way his backups have fought back.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers wide receiver Brenton Bersin will not return after suffering a shoulder injury attempting to catch a pass.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie fullback Alex Armah may not be fully developed in time for this season but he sure looked ready on that that 20-yard touchdown catch. He also had arguably the play of the week in the joint practices with Tennessee when he knocked a Titans player backwards on special teams to ignite the rest of the team.

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Adoree' Jackson's electric punt return called back (0:25)
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Mariota floats TD pass to Walker (0:17)
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McCaffrey's TD earns a dance from Cam (0:25)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera was looking for somebody to make plays in the second half. Joe Webb and the offense stepped up with a 10-play, 91-yard drive. Webb looked good completing all three pass attempts for 35 yards. He also had two carries for 17 yards. Good insurance to have as the third quarterback.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans 24, Panthers 10 (Halftime): It could have been worse. The Titans missed a field goal as the half ended. But it couldn't have been much worse as Carolina had two first-quarter turnovers and the defense gave up way too many big plays. The bright spot was rookie Christian McCaffrey, who rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 39 yards.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers are thin enough at safety, so good sign that Dezmen Southward walked off the field after grabbing his back in pain on awkward tackle.

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Staples' INT sets up Henry's stiff-arming TD (0:45)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie Harrison Butker making his case for the placekicking job. He just added a 46-yard field goal to the 51-yarder he had in the preseason opener.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers second team defense doesn't give Titans much of a challenge on 14-play, 75-yard drive capped by a walk-in touchdown run on fourth and goal from the 1. Ron Rivera sticking with first team offense and Christian McCaffrey makes the Titans pay with a 38-yard catch and run. This kid can fly.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey made Cam Newton dance on the sideline with that 17-yard touchdown run to the right. The first touchdown for the Panthers rookie, albeit it is the preseason. Won't be his last of 2017.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Offensive line opened a huge hole for Christian McCaffrey on the last play. The first-round pick took advantage with a 13-yard run. You could see his explosiveness that makes him a threat to go all the way every time he touches the ball. Even on plays up the middle.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers get a first down and no surprise it comes on a catch by Kelvin Benjamin, who shows some attitude at the end of the play. Receivers coach Lance Taylor told me this past week that Benjamin reported for training camp with an attitude to dominate.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera wasn't happy with his offense in Thursday's joint practice. He can't be happy with it now with two turnovers on three possessions after that interception. He's probably not thrilled with the defense either after that 17-yard touchdown run that gave the Titans a 17-0 lead.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Defensive end Julius Peppers shows at 37 he can still get after a quarterback. Panthers defense finally forced a punt, but Damiere Byrd didn't do the offense any favors fielding that punt inside the 10.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers corner Daryl Worley and safety Mike Adams stared at each other after that Tennessee touchdown catch. Obvious miscommunication on coverage in secondary. Start of the game couldn't have gone much worse offensively and defensively for Caroline as Titans take a 10-0 lead.

Team Stats

Passing Yards230.3Tied-21st
Rushing Yards113.410th
Points For23.115th
Points Against25.126th

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