Panthers-Cardinals Capsule

CAROLINA (1-2) at ARIZONA (2-2)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., ET, Fox

OPENING LINE – Panthers by 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Carolina 1-2, Arizona 3-1

SERIES RECORD – Panthers lead 8-3

LAST MEETING – Cardinals beat Panthers 28-21, Sept. 11, 2011

LAST WEEK – Panthers had bye; Cardinals beat Buccaneers

13-10

AP PRO32 RANKING – Panthers No. 21, Cardinals No. 22.

PANTHERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (26), RUSH (3), PASS (32)

PANTHERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (10), RUSH (7), PASS (12)

CARDINALS OFFENSE – OVERALL (27), RUSH (26), PASS (18)

CARDINALS DEFENSE – OVERALL (14), RUSH (2), PASS (20)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Last time these teams met, on Sept.

11, 2011, Carolina’s Cam Newton completed 24 of 37 passes for 422

yards and two TDs in NFL debut. … Kenjon Barner, Carolina’s

speedy rookie running back from Oregon, expected to make pro debut

after missing first three games with sprained foot. … Game

matches Carolina’s third-ranked running game against Arizona’s

second-ranked run defense. … Newton is averaging 6.1 yards per

carry. … Carolina hasn’t played since 38-0 victory over Giants

two weeks ago, Panthers ` first shutout in five years. …

Carolina’s two losses, to Seattle and Buffalo, were by combined six

points. … Against Carolina in NFL debut two years ago, Arizona’s

Patrick Peterson returned punt 89 yards for TD. … CB Peterson was

selected NFC defensive player of week after intercepting two passes

in fourth quarter in Arizona’s come-from-behind victory at Tampa

Bay. … Arizona’s Carson Palmer has four TD passes and six

interceptions; Newton has thrown for six TDs with two

interceptions. … Cardinals LT Bradley Sowell will make first NFL

start after team traded Levi Brown to Pittsburgh this week. …

Arizona’s Pro Bowl ILB Daryl Washington returns after being

suspended first four games for violating league’s substance abuse

policy. … Cardinals’ victory at Tampa snapped nine-game road

losing streak. … After four games year ago Arizona was 4-0, then

lost 11 of remaining 12.

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org