Quick Take: Cardinals (4-2) at Panthers (5-2)

Last meeting
Vinny Testaverde led a late rally by throwing a touchdown for a record 21st straight season as the Panthers defeated the Cardinals, 25-10, in Week 6 of last season.

Streaks
The Panthers have won four in a row over the Cardinals to claim a 5-2 overall series edge. Check out the historical matchup of the last five games.

Last week
With the NFC South lead at stake, the Panthers played one of their best games of the season and mauled the visiting Saints, 30-7. ... The Cardinals had a bye.

Keep your eye on ...
The battle upfront: Carolina's power-running, deep-passing offense relies on excellent offensive line play. When the blockers open up holes for the explosive tandem of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, then QB Jake Delhomme can run play-action and throw long to speedy WR Steve Smith. The Cardinals have a talented defensive line and will look to disrupt the Panthers' attack.

The more special team: In their last game, the Cardinals started with a special-teams touchdown on a kickoff return by J.J. Arrington and ended the game with a special-teams touchdown on a blocked punt in overtime against the Cowboys. The Panthers have yet to score on special teams this season.

Warner's ball security: Part of what makes Arizona QB Kurt Warner so effective also makes him prone to mistakes -- his courage to hold onto the ball as long as possible in the pocket while waiting for plays to develop. Warner will have to be extra careful keeping the ball too long this week with Panthers star DE Julius Peppers lining up on his blindside.

Did you know?
Cardinals RB Edgerrin James leads all active rushers with 11,970 yards. ... In the last two seasons, Arizona is 5-0 when Warner starts and does not commit a turnover. ... Delhomme is undefeated in three starts against the Cardinals. ... Peppers has 4.5 sacks in his last four games vs. Arizona.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.
Gamepass_vert_web_r

See all the Action

Replay every game all season.