Quick Take: Panthers-Jets

In Brief

» Last meeting: Carolina's defense forced six turnovers as the Panthers defeated the Jets, 30-3, on Nov. 13, 2005.
» Streaks: The overall series is tied 2-2.
» Last week:Mark Sanchez threw four interceptions as the Jets fell to the rival Patriots, 31-14. ... A late desperation pass from Jake Delhomme fell harmlessly to the ground as the Panthers lost to the Dolphins, 24-17.

Keep your eye on ...Sanchez's confidence level: After a sensational start, Sanchez has struggled mightily over his past six games as the Jets have gone 1-5 over that stretch. He has only six touchdown passes with 14 interceptions during that span and has looked overwhelmed at times.

Julius Peppers' effectiveness: Since suffering a hand injury in Week 9 against the Saints, Peppers has not played up to his typical Pro Bowl standards. He has been held without a sack in three consecutive games, after tallying seven in his first seven games, and has only two tackles since hurting his hand. He is the Panthers' most talented defensive player, and they will need him at his best to make a late-season run.

Jake Delhomme's role: The key to the Panthers' success over the past few years has been limiting Delhomme's pass attempts. Since 2004, Carolina is 30-4 when Delhomme throws fewer than 30 passes and only 7-27 when he breaks that threshold.

Did you know?

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams has five touchdowns in his last five games against AFC opponents. ... Carolina's Steve Smith has 351 yards receiving in his last three games vs. AFC opponents. ... New York has won two in a row against NFC opponents at home. ... Jets CB Darrelle Revis leads the team with 15 passes defensed.

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