Countdown To Kickoff | Dolphins vs. Panthers

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Miami Dolphins (0-1) vs. Carolina Panthers (1-0)

Game Facts

DATE: Friday, Aug. 17

TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET

SITE: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

TV: In Miami-Fort Lauderdale, WFOR-TV (CBS 4); in Fort Myers, WBBH-TV; in West Palm Beach, WTVX-CW; in Orlando, WDRQ

TV ANNOUNCERS: Dick Stockton, play-by-play; Bob Griese, analysis; Nat Moore, analysis; Kim Bokamper, sideline

TV REPLAY: NFL Network, Saturday, Aug. 18 at 6:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m.

RADIO: Dolphins Radio Network, KISS 99.9 FM, WQAM 560 AM, WQBA 1140 AM (Spanish)

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Jimmy Cefalo, play-by-play; Joe Rose, analysis; Roly Martin, play-by-play (Spanish); Eduardo Martell, analysis (Spanish)

NFL GAME PASS: Fans can watch live out-of-market preseason games and replays of every game as part of the NFL Game Pass package.

The Series (Preseason)

SERIES RECORD: Carolina leads 3-2

AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 2-0

AT CAROLINA: Panthers lead 3-0

LAST MEETING: 2015 at Carolina; Panthers 31, Dolphins 30

SERIES TREND: This will be the fifth time in the teams' six preseason meetings the game will take place in the second full week of the preseason. The only exception was the first meeting in 2006, which took place in the third full preseason week.

HISTORY LESSON: The 2015 game at Carolina followed two days of joint practices at the Panthers' training facility in Spartanburg, S.C. The preseason game was a high-scoring affair that came down to a failed two-point conversion attempt after quarterback Josh Freeman threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to tight end Gerell Robinson to bring the Dolphins to within one point with 2:13 remaining in the fourth quarter.

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Scouting Report

CAROLINA'S 2017 REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 11-5 (lost against New Orleans in NFC wild-card playoffs)

CAROLINA'S 2018 PRESEASON RECORD: 1-0

LAST WEEK: Won 28-23 at Buffalo

OVERVIEW: The last time the Dolphins saw the Panthers was on a forgettable Monday night last November when Carolina set a franchise record with 548 yards in a 45-21 victory. It was part of a strong season for the Panthers, who made the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. Carolina has most of the pieces back from its 2017 team, starting with quarterback Cam Newton, running back Christian McCaffrey and tight end Greg Olsen on offense, and linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis on defense. One big change for Carolina involves the offensive coordinator position, where Norv Turner replaced another former Dolphins assistant coach, Mike Shula. The Panthers added speed through the draft by selecting Maryland wide receiver DJ Moore and LSU cornerback Donte Jackson with their first two picks.

KEY NEW FACES: WR DJ Moore (draft-1st round), CB Donte Jackson (draft-2nd), S Rashaan Golden (draft-3rd), WR Torrey Smith (Philadelphia), WR Jarius Wright (Minnesota), DT Dontari Poe (Atlanta), S Da'Norris Searcy (Tennessee), RB C.J. Anderson (Denver)

KEY VETERANS GONE: DE Charles Johnson, RB Jonathan Stewart, S Kurt Coleman, TE Ed Dickson, G Andrew Norwell, DT Star Lotulelei, CB Daryl Worley, RB Fozzy Whittaker (IR)

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