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2017 NFL season preview: Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers Week 10

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A closer look at the Miami Dolphins’ 2017 opponents with some help from the bloggers that cover each team.

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The Miami Dolphins complete their three-week prime-time streak with a Monday Night Football showdown with the Carolina Panthers. Miami last played Carolina in 2013, the only time in five meetings that the Dolphins were on the wrong side of the final 20-16 score. The Dolphins were last in Carolina in 2009, beating the Panthers 24-17 on a Thursday night.

Carolina will be looking to rebound in 2017 after a disappointing 2016, when they finished 6-10, last in the NFC South.

The Dolphins will head into their bye week after ending the Week 10 slate of games for the NFL.

Time for a closer look at the Panthers, with some help from Cat Scratch Reader.

Notable free agent additions

DE Julius Peppers, CB Captain Munnerlyn, OT Matt Kalil, S Mike Adams,

Notable free agent departures

WR Ted Ginn, OT Mike Remmers, FB Mike Tolbert, DT Paul Soliai, LB AJ Klein

Trades

None

Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies

RB Christian McCaffrey, WR Curtis Samuel, OT Taylor Moton, DE Daeshon Hall.

While the Panthers continue to say veteran RB Jonathan Stewart will get the bulk of the work I think they will have a hard time not putting the ball in McCaffrey’s hands. I think he’s going to be electric as a rookie.

Biggest offseason addition

DE Julius Peppers - The Panthers all time sack leader returns home. So far the fans have welcomed him home with open arms.

Biggest storyline heading into training camp

QB Cam Newton’s continued recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. He is expected to be ready for training camp but had only begin throwing recently.

Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp

LB Shaq Thompson looks ready for a breakout season as the third All Pro LB in the Panthers starting line up.

Notable injuries heading into training camp

None beyond Newton’s rotator cuff.

Miami Dolphins 2017 season schedule:

Week 1
vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Setpember 10, 1pm

Week 2
at Los Angeles Chargers
September 17, 4:05pm

Week 3
at New York Jets
September 24, 1pm

Week 4
vs. New Orleans Saints (London)
October 1, 9:30am

Week 5
vs. Tennessee Titans
October 8, 1pm

Week 6
at Atlanta Falcons
October 15, 1pm

Week 7
vs. New York Jets
October 22, 1pm

Week 8
at Baltimore Ravens
October 26, 8:25pm (TNF)

Week 9
vs. Oakland Raiders
November 5, 8:30pm (SNF)

Week 10
at Carolina Panthers
November 13, 8:30pm (MNF)

Week 11
BYE

Week 12
at New England Patriots
November 26, 1pm

Week 13
vs. Denver Broncos
December 3, 1pm

Week 14
vs. New England Patriots
December 11, 8:30pm (MNF)

Week 15
at Buffalo Bills
December 17, 1pm

Week 16
at Kansas City Chiefs
December 24, 1pm

Week 17
vs. Buffalo Bills
December 31, 1pm