It's never an easy task for a team to go on the road, and it only gets tougher when the opponent is the New England Patriots.
Seeing the Patriots predicted as the winners shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, but the two touchdown win is.
The left knee that suffered a season-ending ACL tear during the 2015 training camp twisted under the defender and forced the 6-foot-5 receiver to sit the remainder of the game.
On the flip side of that, running back Rex Burkhead continues his absence from the practice field.
The two teams enter the game with 2-1 records.
Although Cam Newton has struggled so far, this season, the 2015 MVP victor has proven what he is capable of on the football field. In '03, it was a thrilling 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII. However, the Patriots narrowly avoided being 1-2, needing a late home rally against the Texans to secure a dramatic 36-33 victory in the closing seconds of last week's game.
In the three games, the Carolina offense has totaled 45 points and Newton has thrown for 171, 228 and 167 yards respectively. Newton has one or less touchdown passes in four of his last five games. He makes good decisions, he can run, he's strong, he's hard to tackle.
This game is shaping up to be the classic "something's got to give". Newton, who rushed for 62 yards in the Monday Night Football game in Charlotte, is the last quarterback to top even 50 yards on the ground against New England.
"You want to prove that this is a different Duke team, that this Duke team can handle big challenges, that it can overcome adversity when things don't come our way", center Austin Davis said.
Wednesday, Kuechly, speaking on a conference call with the New England media, admitted "I might have got away with one there". "I'm not even gonna act like I didn't".
Stay disciplined on D: The Patriots will get their yards, it's what they do. "Start with the most important things first, always. So, if we have a problem, you take the thing that's most important and try to solve that first". I can't imagine doing that.
Last season Tennessee's inability to defeat the Texans at Houston's NRG Stadium, where the teams will meet Sunday, partly proved to be the Titans' undoing. "Every week we go in there to compete and to learn from the mistakes that we make in order to have a better performance next time around".
Benjamin took a rough fall while making a catch over the middle in the second quarter of Carolina's 34-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. When McCaffrey is in the game without Stewart, the Panthers pass the ball 67 percent of the time.
After processing a weekend filled with players kneeling during the national anthem in response to criticism by President Donald Trump, Newton was moved by what he saw and where it came from. The Panthers hope he can shake the rust off before facing off against Tom Brady and the Pats on Sunday.