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Ten thoughts about the Carolina Panthers and the NFL after the first month of the season:

Tony Stewart said he never considered leaving racing. And if you know Stewart at all, this doesn't surprise you. Stewart is 43, unmarried and completely consumed with racing. To leave it entirely? He wouldn't know what to do with himself.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith will be entertaining in his first game against his former team, but ultimately this game will be diecede in the trenches.

There is never a good time to get arrested on a charge of domestic assault. But Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor may have picked the absolute worst.

Scott Fowler: Carolina was terrible at football’s basics in Week 3, and if they’d like to leave Baltimore with a victory on Sunday, they’d better be better.

Scott Fowler: The Carolina Panthers can’t turn quarterback Cam Newton into a pocket passer, not with this offensive line and this running game. If they feel the need to do so, they should sit him until he’s healthy and that thought passes.

The leaks sprang from everywhere for Carolina Sunday night as Pittsburgh embarrassed the Panthers, 37-19, in prime time.

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was the team’s top receiver in catches and yardage a year ago, and he’s back atop both categories after two games in 2014. But what he has done off the field is equally impressive.

The best NFL analyst around is Cris Collinsworth, who will call the Carolina-Pittsburgh game for NBC on Sunday night. He spoke with Observer columnist Scott Fowler about the game.

If you are a Carolina Panthers fan who attends games and can't stand to see the opposing team's colors in Bank of America Stadium, you are about to be in for a rough night.

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Scott Fowler is a national award-winning sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer.
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