Panthers seek first win against Bengals

Leon Hall had a pick last week.

(Paul Spinelli / Associated Press)

The storyline
Rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen makes his first NFL start after falling to the Panthers in the third round of the draft. He'll have to do it against one of the best defenses, and secondaries, in the NFL.

Why you should watch
The Bengals picked off Ravens QB Joe Flacco four times last week. This could well be the week that Batman and Robin get it going against a reeling opponent.

Did you know?
Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis is 17-10-1 against NFC opponents in his head coaching career. ... Bengals K Mike Nugent made a career-high five field goals last week. ... Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart has rushed for 100 yards in three of his past four home games. ... Panthers WR Steve Smith has a touchdown catch in six consecutive games.

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