Panthers Tidbits 10-18

QB Jake Delhomme threw for a career-high 365 yards against a tough Ravens defense and should put up big numbers again this week against the Bengals in what could be a shootout.

--QB Chris Weinke did not play Sunday, but remains the No. 2 quarterback.

--RB DeShaun Foster was limited to 58 yards on 26 carries on Sunday and couldn't get things going against a tough run defense. Still, Foster's runs opened up the rest of the offense and the Panthers racked up 414 yards.

--RB Nick Goings will see more action this Sunday if DeAngelo Williams can't go because of a sprained ankle.

--FB Brad Hoover has played through a hamstring injury the past two weeks.

--TE Kris Mangum was asked to play a little fullback at times just to give Brad Hoover a break.

--TE Michael Gaines dropped a would-be 40-yard completion at the Ravens 5-yard line and is not doing much on the field to endear himself to the coaching staff.

--TE Jeff King saw limited action on Sunday against Baltimore.

--WR Steve Smith bounced back with a big game on Sunday against Baltimore and appears all the way back from a hamstring injury that forced him out of the first two games. With Smith in the lineup, the Panthers have won four straight and show no signs of letting up. Smith made several incredible catches on throws Jake Delhomme simply threw up and let Smith go get. Delhomme said Smith "hit another gear" last week in practice.

--WR Keyshawn Johnson was not Jake Delhomme's primary target on Sunday, but will continue to put up solid numbers this season playing opposite Steve Smith. He had five catches for 46 yards against the Ravens and would have had a touchdown had he not been overthrown by Delhomme in the end zone.

--WR Drew Carter had his best game of the season against Baltimore with four catches for 65 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown against Samari Rolle on a go route down the left sidelines. But Carter is starting to show he's more than just a blazer, as evidence by his 4-yard catch on third-and-one late in the game on a quick out. That catch sealed Carolina's win, allowing them to run out the clock.

--WR Keary Colbert had one catch for the Panthers on Sunday, proof that he is still alive.

--K John Kasay is 13-for-14 on field goals this season with his only miss coming from 53 yards out last week. He was 3-for-3 against the Ravens.

--P Jason Baker is having a solid season for the Panthers and again is among the league leaders in gross punting average.

--KR Richard Marshall returned kicks on Sunday with DeAngelo Williams out. He clearly doesn't have the same breakaway speed as Williams.

--PR Chris Gamble has been adequate at best on returns ever since his mistake in Week 2 cost the Panthers a game. Actually, Gamble was just doing what he was told but it cost the team.

--We keep saying the same thing, but C Justin Hartwig could return this week after missing the last five games. Again, it's unclear if the Panthers will put him in right away or start him off as a reserve with the offensive line starting to play well together and the team on a four-game win streak.

--DE Julius Peppers continued to show on Sunday why he's the most valuable defensive player in the league with eight tackles, two more sacks, and a forced fumble. He now has eight sacks for the season.

--DE Mike Rucker had a half-sack - his first of the season - against the Ravens, but is still playing well against the run.

--Here's a little known fact - over the past two seasons the Panthers are 7-0 when MLB Chris Draft starts for Dan Morgan. Draft is going to get a nice little paycheck from someone after the season.

--SS Shaun Williams did not play Sunday because of a foot injury despite practicing all of last week.

--SS Colin Branch had an interception for the Panthers on Sunday.

--LB Thomas Davis bruised his ribs in Sunday's game against the Ravens and his status for this week remains uncertain.

--LB James Anderson could start this week if Thomas Davis doesn't recover from a rib injury he sustained against Baltimore.

--CB Richard Marshall now has two interceptions in the last two games for Carolina and the Panthers have six takeaways in the last two games.

--DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu and the Panthers defense has not allowed an opponent to rush for more than 85 yards in the past four games - all Carolina wins.

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