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Panthers vs. Chargers NFL Week 15 Preview

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The Carolina Panthers (4-9) and San Diego Charges (5-8) are set to kick-off this Sunday at 4:05 PM EST in San Diego, California.

Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert returns to San Diego to face the team he spent four seasons with prior to joining Carolina this past offseason. Tolbert was a welcomed addition to Carolina’s backfield this summer and Sunday could perhaps serve as a nice stage to have a breakout performance on for a surging Panthers’ offense.

Tolbert however will be one of the few starters making the trip out west for the Panthers, who are suffering tremendously with injuries in the secondary and on both the defensive and offensive lines.

A true mash-unit will be taking the field for the Panthers as they hope to continue to build on their recent success. In fact, both the Chargers and Panthers are coming off impressive wins over playoff caliber football teams.

Carolina destroyed the now 11-2 Atlanta Falcons in Charlotte while San Diego shocked the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road.

The irony from last weekend being that this was how both squads were expected to perform week-in and week-out this season, but of course that is not the case.

Instead, the Panthers and Chargers are enduring their own disappointing seasons with their respective head coaches looking to be on the way out once the regular season ends.

So, what should fans expect to see this Sunday when the Panthers and Chargers take the field?

Simply put an offensive showdown that could potentially serve as week 15’s most entertaining display of football all Sunday long.

It should be noted that San Diego still has an outside shot at making the AFC Playoffs, so at least one team has something to play for other than pride in what will be the first meeting between quarterbacks Philip Rivers and Cam Newton.

There is no doubt that this game will be fun to watch. Perhaps, get your popcorn ready.

Robert Kester, Rant Sports Carolina Panthers Columnist. Contact @robertkester1