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the Panthers are an opportunistic team that play aggressive football.

James Brady of Niners Nation thinks the 49ers can’t overlook the Panthers, despite the latter playing some poor teams:

To put it simply: the Panthers are an opportunistic team that play aggressive football. They can be taken advantage of, but it won’t be an easy game. Fortunately, outpacing their offense isn’t too difficult when you have a solid defense as well, which the 49ers do. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the Panthers stand when it comes to their raw stats given the poor teams they’ve faced thus far, but we work with what we’re given.

The 49ers definitely have some skewed stats when you look at the offensive side of the ball. They are among the top teams in the league, yet have the No. 32 passing offense at 189.9 yards per game on average. On the flipside, they have the No. 1 rushing attack, with 153.0 yards on the ground on average.

Colin Kaepernick has suffered from a lack of receivers of late, though he’s getting Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree back soon. Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin have had their moments, but by and large, it’s been on Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter to carry the load in the running game.

A high-ankle sprain hurt C.J. Spiller’s chances to follow up on his stellar 2017 season, but the Buffalo Bills running back finally feels like he’s recovering.

Spiller carried the ball 12 times for 116 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9, his best game of the season. He was happy to report that he did not suffer a lot of post-game pain despite seeing his heaviest workload since week four.

The Minnesota Vikings have struggled to win games because of the team’s quarterback play, so they’ve turned Christian Ponder’s status into a simple proposition. If he wins, he will keep starting. The Vikings managed to win on Thursday night, but injuries have cast a cloud on his future with the team.

Ravens salute Navy’s Keenan Reynolds as ‘America’s finest,’ but will he make team?

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Keenan Reynolds has yet to make a catch this preseason, and he didn’t get a chance to return a kick in last week’s game.

Reynolds’ biggest competition for the returner job is Michael Campanaro, and coach John Harbaugh indicated that Campanaro is “our best guy” for that position at this point.

The Ravens have used Reynolds on special teams beyond the returner role. Reynolds made two tackles in the second preseason game, leading Rosburg to jokingly say, “His first two tackles he ever had in his life happened to be in the NFL.”

“He did a great job as a gunner. He ran the show,” Rosburg said. “He was aggressive down the field in coverage.”
And that’s exactly what Goff is right now — a backup.

The No. 1 overall pick struggled through his first four NFL drives — interception, sack, fumble, near-fumble on a sack — before getting into a rhythm during the second half of Saturday’s 21-20 come-from-behind win at Los Angeles Coliseum. Goff’s success came against the bottom of the Kansas City Chiefs’ depth chart. The Rams have yet to see him thrive against the types of defenses he would face as a starter, which is why Goff probably needs an uplifting performance in Game 3 to have any chance at starting the regular-season opener, now only 17 days away.

“It’s not up to me,” Goff said when asked if he would be disappointed to not start Week 1 on Sept. 12, a Monday Night Football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, California, roughly 70 miles away from where he grew up.

“It’s something that I’d love to do, but it’s not my decision. That’s what they pay the coaches for and that’s what they’re here for. I’m just trying to get better every day. Whenever they want to do it is up to them.”

Foster created separation in his close race with incumbent Jay Ajayi to become a starter before the regular season. The offense moved well with Foster in the backfield, which surely will be noted by Miami’s coaching staff.

It is unlikely Foster will play in the fourth preseason game when many veterans and starters sit out. But Foster made solid steps Thursday against Atlanta to push for a starting job and gain trust of his teammates and coaches.

Here are some additional takeaways from the Dolphins’ 17-6 victory over the Atlanta Falcons:

QB depth chart: Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill was decent but not spectacular. He completed 20 of 29 passes in the first half but directed only one scoring drive before sitting. Tannehill completed good throws to receivers Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills. His interception was a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage, which is on Tannehill. He finished with 155 passing yards and also moved the offense down the field in a two-minute drive. But kicker Andrew Franks missed a 37-yard field goal attempt. As for the backups, Zac Dysert threw for 57 yards and rookie Brandon Doughty threw for 14, with neither notching a touchdown or interception.

Maybe that dude could start: Now is a good time to end the rookie process with first-round pick Laremy Tunsil. The Dolphins have been adamant about Tunsil earning his spot in the starting lineup and kept him on the second team all of the spring and most of training camp. Tunsil began the week second string on the team’s official depth chart but started his second preseason game. He continues to play solidly, and it’s time to make this move official with the regular season about two weeks away.