DeShaun Foster had his most productive game of the season Monday night with 12 "touches" totaling 99 yards. Foster carried nine times for 38 yards and had three receptions for 55 yards. Foster's 12 touches were right on pace for the season. He had 12 touches against New Orleans, eight versus New England and 11 against Miami.
"It's a very long season, so the more that both (Stephen Davis) and I stay fresh early, the more we will contribute toward the end," Foster said.
-- DeShaun Foster had his most productive game of the season Monday
night with 12 "touches" totaling 99 yards. Foster carried nine times for
38 yards and had three receptions for 55 yards.
Foster's 12 touches were right on pace for the season.
He had 12 touches against New Orleans, eight versus New England and
11 against Miami.
"It's a very long season, so the more that both (Stephen Davis
I stay fresh early, the more we will contribute toward the end," Foster
Ironically, Foster has nearly as many receiving yards (141) as
rushing yards (143).
When the Panthers get down to the goal line, however, they like to
go with Stephen Davis, who has six rushing touchdowns this season, which
is three shy of breaking the team's single-season record.
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-- WR Steve Smith
is likely to bounce back with a big game this week
after being held to two catches last week against Green Bay. Arizona's
defense isn't really built to stop a player like Smith as the Packers
did when they shifted a safety over on almost every play.* * *
-- TE Michael Gaines
figures to at least be active this week after
catching two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. Gaines was active last
week but only because Mike Seidman
was out with a shoulder injury.* * *
-- K John Kasay
is a perfect 7-for-7 in four games this season. He
did have an extra point blocked on Monday night.* * *
-- LB Dan Morgan
did return to practice on Wednesday and was not
listed on the injury report despite a groin injury.* * *
-- Quarterback Jake Delhomme
may have given a pretty good
clue as to how the Panthers plan to attack the Arizona Cardinals
Delhomme believes the Cardinals won't spend as much effort in
slowing down wide receiver Steve Smith.
"Arizona, do they change their whole game plan to be like Green Bay?
Green Bay had kind of played that defense somewhat where they would
roll to a certain side," Delhomme said. "Arizona is not really that type
of team. They are an eight-in-the-box kind of football team. So we'll
see what happens. But if that doesn't happen that should help our running
game, because that's an extra guy out of the box."* * *
-- Defensive end Mike Rucker
became the Carolina Panthers
sack leader on Monday night.
Rucker surpassed Kevin Greene with his 42nd career sack as a
Rucker's record-breaking sack came on the third play of the game,
when he blew past his man and forced a Brett Favre
fumble that was
recovered by teammate Kindal Moorehead
at the Green Bay 8-yard line. Three
plays later, Jake Delhomme found Kris Mangum
in the back of the end zone
for a 2-yard touchdown to give Carolina a 7-0 lead less than three
minutes into the game.
Rucker came into the game with 41 sacks, one-half sack behind
Greene, who played for the team for only three seasons - 1996, '98 and '99.
This is Rucker's seventh season with the Panthers.
"It's something he should be proud of," said teammate Mike Minter
"He won't say a lot of about it because he's a humble guy, but I think
he is very proud of it. And he should be."* * *
-- Wide receiver Keary Colbert
, who came into the game with two
receptions for 11 yards in three games, doubled his previous season total
with four catches for 52 yards.
Despite that, backup Rod Gardner
saw his most extensive playing time
of the season on Monday night, playing one entire series in place of
Colbert in the second quarter. Gardner actually picked off tight end
Michael Gaines' man when Gaines hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from
Jake Delhomme.* * *
-- Cornerback Ken Lucas
, who said in the preseason his goal was the
set a new single-season record for interceptions in a season, got his
first pick of the season on Monday night, when he stole the ball away
from Robert Ferguson
. Lucas returned the ball to Green Bay territory,
setting up a Stephen Davis touchdown run that gave the Panthers a 23-7
Lucas did not play in the previous week's game against Miami because
of a shoulder injury.* * *
-- RB DeShaun Foster showed some strength when he used a stiff-arm to
ward off Packers safety Earl Little
and gain and extra 23 yards on a
47-yard pass play to set up Carolina's second touchdown of the first
half. Foster held Little off as he ran down the field and wasn't tackled
until Little finally got some help from teammates.* * *
-- Panthers guard Mike Wahle
, who spent seven seasons playing for the
Green Bay Packers
said he's been impressed with the Carolina fans thus
far this season.
"This place has been great," Wahle said. "Lambeau Field is not that
loud. This place is louder."* * *
-- You probably don't think of the Panthers as a
big-play team, but since 2002 they have 157 passing plays of 20 yards or
more, which ranks fifth in the league behind only St. Louis (187),
Minnesota (166), Indianapolis (166) and Kansas City (162).