Easy win this week? Not so fast

Time to tee off again? The Carolina Panthers have 16 sacks over their last three games and on Sunday face yet another inexperienced quarterback, with Brooks Bollinger getting the start for the New York Jets over 19-year NFL veteran Vinny Testaverde.

Bollinger, a third-year player from Wisconsin, has played in three games this season with one start.

He's completed 54.4 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions, but has not been a part of any Jets wins. He threw only two passes in his previous two seasons with the Jets.

Panthers coach John Fox said he wasn't surprised the Jets turned to Bollinger to start this week, even though the Panthers' ravenous defense devoured youngster Chris Simms this past Sunday.

"What people have got to remember is, when they brought Vinny in, he came in off the street. He wasn't in camp and didn't know all of their offense," Fox said. "They were a little bit simpler during that period of time.

"Bollinger has been with them, and he knows the sets and the offense. He has mobility at the quarterback position and he has been with them throughout the off-season, camp and this year."

Panthers defensive tackle Brentson Buckner said the Panthers can't simply figure on a win because the Jets (2-6) are starting a young quarterback. He points to the success Bollinger had last week in nearly rallying the Jets to a win over San Diego.

"You don't just look at the quarterback," Buckner said. "San Francisco beat Tampa Bay with a guy who was a rodeo guy or something like that. So you can't really look at experience. You've got to go out there and play as a team. Football is the ultimate team sport.

"They still have Curtis Martin, a Hall of Fame running back. Offensive line-wise, I know they're missing (center) Kevin Mawae, but Pete Kendall has been a great offensive lineman. They've got good wide receivers. And look at their defense. Talent-wise, it's probably one of the best in the NFL. We've just got to go out there and play our best game. Anything less is unacceptable."

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