Thursday, October 3, 2013
CAROLINA (1-2) at ARIZONA (2-2)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m., ET, Fox
OPENING LINE -- Panthers by 2
RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Carolina 1-2, Arizona 3-1
SERIES RECORD -- Panthers lead 8-3
LAST MEETING -- Cardinals beat Panthers 28-21, Sept. 11, 2011
LAST WEEK -- Panthers had bye; Cardinals beat Buccaneers 13-10
AP PRO32 RANKING -- Panthers No. 21, Cardinals No. 22.
PANTHERS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (26), RUSH (3), PASS (32)
PANTHERS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (10), RUSH (7), PASS (12)
CARDINALS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (27), RUSH (26), PASS (18)
CARDINALS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (14), RUSH (2), PASS (20)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Last time these teams met, on Sept. 11, 2011, Carolina's Cam Newton completed 24 of 37 passes for 422 yards and two TDs in NFL debut. ... Kenjon Barner, Carolina's speedy rookie running back from Oregon, expected to make pro debut after missing first three games with sprained foot. ... Game matches Carolina's third-ranked running game against Arizona's second-ranked run defense. ... Newton is averaging 6.1 yards per carry. ... Carolina hasn't played since 38-0 victory over Giants two weeks ago, Panthers ` first shutout in five years. ... Carolina's two losses, to Seattle and Buffalo, were by combined six points. ... Against Carolina in NFL debut two years ago, Arizona's Patrick Peterson returned punt 89 yards for TD. ... CB Peterson was selected NFC defensive player of week after intercepting two passes in fourth quarter in Arizona's come-from-behind victory at Tampa Bay. ... Arizona's Carson Palmer has four TD passes and six interceptions; Newton has thrown for six TDs with two interceptions. ... Cardinals LT Bradley Sowell will make first NFL start after team traded Levi Brown to Pittsburgh this week. ... Arizona's Pro Bowl ILB Daryl Washington returns after being suspended first four games for violating league's substance abuse policy. ... Cardinals' victory at Tampa snapped nine-game road losing streak. ... After four games year ago Arizona was 4-0, then lost 11 of remaining 12.
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