Jets 3

(2-7, 0-5 away)

Panthers 30

(7-2, 4-1 home)

4:05 PM ET, November 13, 2005


1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 0 3 0 03
CAR 7 3 0 2030

Top Performers

Passing: J. Delhomme (CAR) - 119 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: S. Davis (CAR) - 27 CAR, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Foster (CAR) - 3 REC, 43 YDS

NY Jets (2-6) at Carolina (6-2)

NY Jets (2-6) at Carolina (6-2), Sunday 4:05 pm EST

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Carolina Panthers are looking like the team that made the Super Bowl two seasons ago.

On Sunday, the Panthers seek their sixth straight win when they host the injury-riddled New York Jets in an interconference game.

Carolina extended its winning streak to five games with a 34-14 victory over Tampa Bay last weekend. The Panthers rode the power of Stephen Davis, the speed of Steve Smith and a defense that forced four turnovers and recorded five sacks.

Davis banged in for a pair of short touchdowns and Smith caught five passes for 106 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown.

The Jets may want to use cornerback Ty Law, who has four interceptions this season, to shadow Smith. Law had five tackles and defended a pass for the New England Patriots in their 32-29 win over the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

But even Law may not be able to deal with Smith's speed. Smith leads the NFL with 55 catches for 903 yards and nine touchdowns this season after missing all but one game last year with a broken leg.

That was one of many injuries for the Panthers, who finished 7-9 last year. The Jets are having more than their share of injuries this season after nearly reaching the AFC championship game last season.

Starting quarterback Chad Pennington, backup quarterback Jay Fiedler, center Kevin Mawae, starting outside linebacker Eric Barton, wide receiver Wayne Chrebet and tight end Chris Baker have been sidelined with injuries for New York. All but Fiedler were placed on IR.

Last week, Chrebet suffered a concussion and Baker broke his left ankle in the Jets' 31-26 loss to San Diego.

Brooks Bollinger came off the bench and nearly sparked the Jets to a win, passing for 106 yards and two touchdowns after replacing an ineffective Vinny Testaverde in the third quarter.

Coach Herman Edwards will start Bollinger against the Panthers. It will be the second career start for the third-year quarterback - his previous one a 13-3 loss at Baltimore on October 2.

Bollinger may be running for cover. Carolina defensive ends Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker each had two sacks in the win at Tampa Bay. Rucker also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

Bollinger also should watch for Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble, who returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown last week. He has three picks this season after recording six interceptions as a rookie last year.

The Panthers are tied with Atlanta, which hosts Green Bay, for first place in the NFC South.

The NFL's No. 1 ranked run defense, the Panthers held rookie Carnell "Cadillac" Williams to 29 yards on 11 carries last week. On Sunday, they will face Curtis Martin, the NFL's fourth all-time leading rusher.

Matchup to watch: Jets' second-year left tackle Adrian Jones lines up against Rucker.

Series: The Jets lead, 2-1, winning the last meeting in 2001.

Next week: NY Jets visit Denver, November 20 Carolina visits Chicago, November 20


Passing Leaders

R. Fitzpatrick59.639053115
G. Smith64.326521
C. Newton59.838373510
D. Anderson66.73600

Rushing Leaders

C. Ivory24710704.37
B. Powell703134.51
J. Stewart2429894.16
C. Newton1326364.810

Receiving Leaders

B. Marshall109150213.814
E. Decker80102712.812
G. Olsen77110414.37
T. Ginn Jr.4473916.810

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsNYJ
Yards PassingNYJ
Yards RushingNYJ
Yards AllowedNYJ
Pass Yds AllowedNYJ
Rush Yds AllowedNYJ

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Series tied 1-1
Oct 28, 2001NYJ 13, @CAR 12