Bell tolls at left tackle: After longtime stalwart Jordan Gross retired following the 2013 season, one of the bigger questions has been how the Panthers would fill the void. They flipped former undrafted free agent Byron Bell from the right side to the left. Thus, Bell vs. Chandler Jones tonight warrants a closer look.
Depth thinned on right side of offensive line: If the Patriots' pass rush looks explosive coming off the left side, one thing to consider is that Panthers' projected starters Nate Chandler (right tackle/knee) and Trai Turner (right guard/groin) are not dressing for the game. That could lead to a big night for Rob Ninkovich and Co.
Receiver re-do: One year after the Patriots almost completely revamped their receiving corps, the Panthers have undergone a similar change. Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner said Panthers first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin naturally has caught his eye, as well as veteran Jerricho Cotchery. Former Patriot Tiquan Underwood is also battling for a roster spot.