Panthers are 3-0 and playing as well as any team in the NFL right now, while the
Saints are coming off a 55-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts and will likely be
without nine players due to injury, including six starters and Pro Bowl kick
returner Michael Lewis.
aren't going to fall into that trap, oh no," said Carolina defensive end
Mike Rucker. "They're going to be like a wounded animal coming in here.
Those guys will come in here ready to play."
Jake Delhomme, who spent the last four seasons with the Saints before joining
the Panthers, said he's already talked with several teammates about not
overlooking the Saints.
know they're hurt, but I'm not buying into that fact," Delhomme said.
They've still got some good players and I know they will be ready to play."
is a special game for Delhomme and, if he does well, it will almost certainly
drive the Saints fans wild. They haven't forgotten him.
during last week's blowout loss to the Colts, Saints began chanting, "We
want Jake! We want Jake!"
it's clear many Saints fans aren't real happy with their quarterback situation,
the Panthers couldn't be happier.
limited his mistakes in last week's 23-3 win over the Atlanta Falcons and guys
around him played a solid all-around game.
Panthers rank third in the NFL in rushing -- the highest ever in the team's
nine-year franchise history -- behind Stephen Davis. Despite missing one game
because of a bye week, Davis is the NFC's leading rusher with 406 yards in three
the Panthers might rely more on Delhomme this week, especially after Peyton Manning lit up the Saints secondary with six touchdown passes on Sunday night.
Delhomme has four touchdown throws in 10 quarters this season for the Panthers.
the Panthers should be able to get pressure on the Saints, especially with left
tackle Wayne Gandy sidelined with a knee injury.