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Game Day! Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers tonight. Here is today's news to get you ready for kickoff. Go Chiefs!!

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What To Watch: Panthers vs. Chiefs from Panthers.com

With only four days between the Panthers' second and third preseason game, head coach Ron Rivera has decided to give the starters extended action in Sunday night's nationally televised game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Bank of America Stadium.

"We are using this as our dress rehearsal for the season," safety Thomas DeCoud said.

Typically, the third preseason game serves as the "dress rehearsal," but that won't be the case for the Panthers this year.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Carolina Panthers: NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting Odds And Picks from Maddux Sports

The Chiefs first-team defense will be tested with Panthers signal-caller Cam Newton taking the field for the first time in 2014, with linebackers Tamba Hall and Justin Houston leading the charge.  Offensively, Kansas City will need to figure out its wide receiver situation with the recent announcement of Dwayne Bowe being suspended for the regular season opener due to violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Panthers QB Cam Newton Ready For First Game Action Since Undergoing Ankle Surgery In March from The Associated Press via US News & World Report

Cam Newton will see his first game action since undergoing ankle surgery in March when the Carolina Panthers host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

Just how much he'll play remains to be seen.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera expects Newton to play at least a quarter, but said it's possible the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback could see additional action. He said that will depend on how well the offensive line protects and if Newton can control his competitive urges to take off and run when pressured in the pocket.

Chiefs Mailbag: Quarterback Decision Quickly Approaching from Chiefs Spin

Going back to Reid's first year with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999, the current Chiefs head coach often had at least two veteran quarterbacks on the roster, regardless of playing and/or starting time.

Reid in his first season with the Eagles had then-rookie Donovan McNabb, veteran Doug Pederson, now the Chiefs offensive coordinator, and Koy Detmer, then a third-year pro.

And from Jeff Blake, Jeff Garcia, Trent Edwards, Vince Young to Michael Vick, Reid's history offers numerous examples of a veteran next to the clear starter, and then a young developing signal caller.

Newborn Twins Motivate Chiefs' Jaye Howard from KC Star via The Wichita Eagle

While each team often invites the maximum of 90 players to training camp, only 53 can make the team. This raises the stakes for everybody - families included - which is why Shashana showed up to practice regularly, twins in tow, to take her place under the Chiefs' family tent.

Every little bit helped, she figured.

"I'm his backbone, I'm his support system, his No. 1 cheerleader," Shashana said. "Even with the twins, as little as they are, we've been here since day one."

Q And A: Chiefs' Plan Without Bowe? from ESPN

Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was only suspended for the one game, so perhaps it means nothing. They may just go with the five receivers they otherwise would keep on their roster, though it's certainly possible they would keep another one for the Tennessee game. I think that for one game, the Chiefs could get through with a group of wide receivers that includes Donnie Avery, A.J. JenkinsKyle WilliamsJunior Hemingway and Albert Wilson.

Knowing Him From Adam: Former Hornet Battles To Make Impression With Chiefs from The Emporia Gazette

The man wearing number 84 is the final Kansas City Chief off of the practice fields Wednesday morning.

Sweat runs freely from his nose and face as he makes his way to the interviewing area north of the field while kicker Ryan Succop and punter Dustin Colquitt stand at a nearby fence, signing autographs for the gathered fans...

...Former Emporia State All-American tight end Adam Schiltz entered the Chiefs' tight end picture when he was claimed off waivers from the Tennessee Titans on July 26. Ever since, he's been working to pick up a new offensive scheme, trying to weave through the ranks to make a positive impression, or even more importantly, the 53-man roster.

NFL Preseason Feast Continues With Two More Sunday Servings from Sporting News

Now, we've come to day four. There are just two games on Sunday -- Broncos-49ers in the early afternoon and Chiefs-Panthers in the evening. You are just about stuffed ... but hey, aren't the 49ers playing their first game in Levi's Stadium? So you push yourself away from the table, not to walk away, but to check out that big pile of peanut butter cookies off in the corner. It's time for another round -- but this time, it's a small one.

Here's a closer look at Sunday's exhibitions:

Peterson Last Of A Dying Breed from The Associated Press via The Columbia Daily Tribune

With players bigger, faster and stronger, the guys running the ball now are simply more prone to getting beat up than their predecessors from the previous generations.

Teams must constantly develop replacements not only for down the road when the featured runner turns 30 but for in-game breaks to keep him fresh. The committee approach can also help prevent the defense from getting too comfortable with one particular style. The evolution of the passing game, with Charles and the Chiefs as an example, has also essentially transformed several running plays per game into short throws.

West Column: Phillips Plans To Keep Close Ties To NFL from The Port Arthur News

After flying below the radar for much of his NFL career in Kansas City, Jamaal Charles is breaking out all over the place. Charles, who can be seen on FOX's telecast of the Chiefs-Panthers preseason game tonight, has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated, stars in a TV commercial for Puma shoes and is featured in a full page ad in ESPN The Magazine's current issue. But his most unique exposure is in the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. In the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall wing, the museum teamed with an entity called 900lbs of Creative for an interactive exhibit allowing visitors to race a digitally enhanced Charles. To create a realistic experience, 900 Pounds of Creative filmed the Port Arthur native with a 12 HD camera setup, using 72 feet of green screen and a crew of 22 technicians, electricians and creatives. According to a museum spokesperson, the actual exhibit requires six blended projectors and over five million pixels.

Fantasy Sports: Don't Let Defense Dominate Strategy from The Worcester Telegram & Gazette

That final offensive spectacle shows there was something up with the Kansas City numbers, and that something was the fact that the team got 11 total touchdowns from its defense and special teams, while no other team had more than seven.

Something of this kind seems to happen every season, the unexpected fantasy darling defense that works much better in our world then the real world. It's something one can never plan for, but something one should always be aware of. So says the fantasy columnist who picked up the Chiefs unit from the waiver wire early last season and often tends to find his starting defense that way.