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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) and I stay fresh early, the more we will contribute toward the end," Foster said.

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.

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-- 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.

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-- K John Kasay is a perfect 7-for-7 in four games this season. He did have an extra point blocked on Monday night.

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-- LB Dan Morgan did return to practice on Wednesday and was not listed on the injury report despite a groin injury.

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-- Quarterback Jake Delhomme may have given a pretty good clue as to how the Panthers plan to attack the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

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."

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-- Defensive end Mike Rucker became the Carolina Panthers' all-time sack leader on Monday night.

Rucker surpassed Kevin Greene with his 42nd career sack as a Panther.

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."

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-- 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.

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-- 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 lead.

Lucas did not play in the previous week's game against Miami because of a shoulder injury.

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-- 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.

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-- 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."

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-- 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).


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