Charlotte, NC - The Panthers' 3-1 start equals their 1996 start, which lead to a playoff trip.
Despite the loss, the Panthers moved into the #1 defensive spot. They are ranked 4th against the run and 2nd against the pass.
No serious injuries were reported, but all eyes were on Dan Morgan's knee. This bears watching, despite the fact he returned to the game.
Steve Smith had the 5th best receiving performance of the afternoon with 5 catches and 116 yards. The 116 yards are a career best for the diminutive speedster.
The Panthers have 17 sacks, best in the NFL. 15 of those sacks have come from the defensive line: Mike Rucker 5, Kris Jenkins 4, Julius Peppers 3, Brentson Buckner 2, and Sean Gilbert 1.
Lamar Smith brought his rushing totals up to 364 yards on 96 carries and 6 touchdowns, good enough for best in the NFC.
Rodney Peete has a QB rating of 88.2.
This is the fourth consecutive game in which the Panthers have held their opponent under 300 yards of total offense, under 200 yards passing, and under 100 yards rushing.