K Neil Rackers has made all 18 of his field-goal attempts this season, extending his team record.
The club desperately needs the week off, especially its cornerbacks. Of the five corners on the roster, only rookie Lamont Reid left the field health. CB Antrel Rolle likely is out for the year after undergoing knee surgery. The other starter, David Macklin, played only a handful of plays against Carolina because of a hamstring strain.
CB Raymond Walls missed the Carolina game with muscle strain in the groin and hip area.
CB Robert Tate was limited in the second half against Carolina with a concussion, and CB Eric Green left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. It's hoped that Macklin, Walls, Tate and Green will be back for the Oct. 23 game against Tennessee. Tate signed two weeks ago and already has two interceptions.
RT Fred Wakefield is playing better than anyone expected. Wakefield didn't yield a sack to Carolina's Julius Peppers. He was helped some by tight ends and running backs, but he often had to block Peppers one-on-one.
Finally, Steve Smith was able to enjoy a productive day and a victory for the Panthers.
Smith caught eight passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns from Jake Delhomme as the Panthers defeated the Cardinals 24-20 at Sun Devil Stadium to improve to 3-2.
In Carolina's two previous wins, Smith had just six catches for 46 yards and no touchdowns, while in the team's two losses he had spectacular games with 19 receptions for 308 yards and four touchdowns.
"I was thinking about that," Smith said with a laugh after the game. "If I have a good game, we lose, and if I have a below-average game, we win. But however we can get a win, I will take it. Obviously you want to have a big game and win. But the bottom line is we won, and that is all that matters."
CB Ken Lucas tipped two passes that were intercepted and forced a fumble against the Cardinals.
LB Thomas Davis had a key forced fumble late in the third quarter to turn the game around in the Panthers' victory over the Cardinals.
WR Steve Smith went over 100 yards for the third time this season and caught two more touchdowns against the Cardinals to give him six for the season.
RB Stephen Davis scored his seventh TD of the season against the Cardinals, one shy of tying his team record.
CB Chris Gamble was benched at halftime against the Cardinals after being hobbled by a sore ankle for most of the game. Gamble said he asked to be taken out.
QB Jake Delhomme had a solid game against the Cardinals, completing 18 of 29 passes for 243 yards and two scores. He did have one bad pass on an interception, but led a key 94-yard drive in the fourth quarter for the winning score.