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Three things: Panthers-Jets

August, 26, 2012
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Three things to watch in the New York's Jets’ "dress rehearsal" game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.

1. Offensive touchdowns. It's been a rough ride this preseason for the Jets' offense. New York holds the distinction as the only NFL team yet to score a touchdown this summer. The Jets' offense, particularly the starters, needs to get that monkey off their back and score at least one touchdown against Carolina. Much of the issue has been the offensive line. There haven’t been many running lanes and quarterback Mark Sanchez is getting little pass protection. The Jets need to start getting their act together offensively in this preseason game.

2. Holmes’ return. New York’s offense clearly needs a boost on offense, and No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes can provide it. Holmes expects to make his preseason debut Sunday after missing the first two games with a rib injury. The former Super Bowl MVP is the only reliable wide receiver the Jets have. Holmes also can take a lot of pressure and coverage away from the other receivers.

3. Last glimpse of Tebow. Jets head coach Rex Ryan already made the decision that Tim Tebow will get the starter treatment. Tebow will not start at quarterback in the preseason finale. Instead, Tebow will rest with most of the starters next week against the Philadelphia Eagles. Therefore, this is the final tune-up for Tebow before the regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

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