Carolina no expansion model

Updated: October 28, 2003, 5:48 PM ET

HOUSTON -- It's perfectly natural to compare coach Dom Capers' second-year expansion team to the one he had in 1996.

It's also perfectly wrong.

Capers' 2003 Texans are 2-5 after a 30-21 loss at Indianapolis on Sunday. It's the same record they had after their first seven games last season.

His '96 Carolina Panthers, conversely, were the stuff of expansion legend. After setting a record with a 7-9 expansion mark, a veteran defense led the Panthers to a 12-4 record and a trip to the ...

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