Pre-game News and Notes

Pre-game News and Notes

Carolina will be hard pressed to focus after the a week which could be called "The Nightmare on Mint Street."

Dan Morgan makes his return after missing the first game against the Falcons. His speed at middle linebacker may impact Michael Vick's ability to run.

The Panthers have not defeated the Falcons since November 28, 1999. Atlanta leads the all-time series 10-5.

Julius Peppers needs 4 sacks to break the rookie sack record (14.5). On the plus side, the Falcons have allowed 3 or more sacks in their last 4 games.

This is the first of a 3 game road stretch for the Falcons.

Offensive rankings
Carolina: 28th total, 18th rushing, 29th passing
Atlanta: 16th total, 4th rushing, 28th passing

Defensive rankings
Carolina: 4th total, 7th vs. the run, 5th vs. the pass
Atlanta: 21st total, 22nd vs. the run, 18th vs. the pass

Injury Report

Atlanta Falcons
Questionable: DE Brady Smith (hip); LB John Thierry (hip)
Probable: C Roberto Garza (foot); WR Shawn Jefferson (foot); LB Mark
Simoneau (ankle) CB Ray Buchanan (groin); TE Alge Crumpler (quadricep); RB
T.J. Duckett (ankle)

Carolina Panthers
Out: DT Sean Gilbert (hip); LB Lester Towns (foot)
Probable: S Deke Cooper (hamstring); LB Dan Morgan (hernia); WR Muhsin
Muhammad (knee); RB Lamar Smith (shoulder); TE Wesley Walls (concussion)

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