0: Fumbles by running back DeAngelo Williams in 2008 (273 carries).
.5: More sacks needed last season by Julius Peppers to tie Kevin Greene for franchise record (Greene had 15.0 in '98, Peppers 14.5 in '08).
12-2: Record last season when team rushed for more than 100 yards.
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18.2: Yards per catch by Steve Smith last season, a career best.
20: Sacks allowed by the Panthers in 2008, fewest in team history.
11 Years for Andy Reid as Eagles' coach, second longest tenure in NFL (Tennessee's Jeff Fisher, 16 years).
18.1 Points per game allowed by Eagles last season, best in NFC.
38.0 Brian Westbrook's average rushing yards against Panthers in three career games.
48.1 Donovan McNabb's passer rating against the Panthers.
8.4 Average yards after catch by Westbrook since 2004 (most in NFL).
Three to watch
1. Stewart, Westbrook idle in preseason
Two running backs key to their teams' offense - Carolina's Jonathan Stewart and Philadelphia's Brian Westbrook didn't play in the preseason. Stewart, who rushed for a Panthers' rookie record of 836 yards last season, was nursing a sore Achilles tendon and practiced this week. He says he's pain free. Westbrook, who had ankle surgery in June, told reporters this week that he feels "fresher" heading into his eighth season. In his absence in the preseason, rookie LeSean McCoy was impressive.
2. Inspired Eagles?
Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, who died in July after battling cancer, was one of the NFL's more respected coaches and had been with the Eagles since 2000. The Eagles will wear decals on the back of their helmets with Johnson's initials. "He really represented everything this city is about with his toughness and grit," said coach Andy Reid.
3. Pressure on quarterbacks
Although they both deny it, quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Donovan McNabb might be feeling the urge to prove something today. The Panthers' Delhomme threw five interceptions and fumbled in his last game, a playoff loss in January against Arizona. The Eagles' McNabb has been dealing with Philadelphia's recent acquisition of Michael Vick (suspended for the first two games). All McNabb has to do is falter for Eagles fans to start calling for Vick to replace him. Vick, incidentally, will be with the team today - just not in uniform.
Unheralded trio effective
The Panthers have decided to go with the tight-end-by committee approach.
They kept three - Jeff King, Gary Barnidge and Dante Rosario - on the roster and each will bring his own set of quiet skills to an offense that already has standouts in the backfield and at receiver.
Look around the rest of the NFC South - Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez, New Orleans' Jeremy Shockey and Tampa Bay's Kellen Winslow. Each is a headline grabber.
The Panthers' tight ends aren't high profile like that.
King will be the starter for a third year. He's a solid blocker who caught 21 passes last season.
He's dependable, durable and knows the offense.
Barnidge briefly supplanted King with the first-team offense during training camp. In his second year, he's more of a receiving threat who needs to continue to work on his blocking skills.
Rosario, here on the one-year anniversary of his game-winning touchdown catch against the San Diego Chargers in last season's opener, played much of last season with an injured back. Quarterback Jake Delhomme recently said Rosario played through more pain than people knew.
King said this week that he was neither surprised nor disappointed that Barnidge had been moved ahead of him on the depth chart in August. It just made him work that much harder, he said.
Now he's got the starter's job back. But it will take all three to make the position whole.
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Scott Fowler Observations
Finally, a game that counts.
It seems like the local high schools and colleges have been playing them for a month.
Big key today for Carolina: cornerback Chris Gamble. The Panthers are paying him shutdown corner money.
Time to earn it.
The matchup I'll watch most closely today is Carolina's offense against Philadelphia's defense.
The Eagles were excellent on defense in 2008 - a Top 5 defense in every significant category.
But Carolina probably needs to score at least 20 points to win this one. With DeAngelo Williams and Steve Smith, they'll at least have a chance.
The Eagles have their own injury problems, and the big question mark is running back Brian Westbrook. He's a great threat when healthy.
But - after trying to fight through both knee and ankle injuries - is he healthy?
If you're watching on TV today, you get the pleasure of Dick Stockton on play-by-play. He's such a reliable voice.
You will likely not be familiar, however, with analyst Charles Davis. He's broadcast college sports almost exclusively in his career - it will be interesting to see how Davis performs on this big stage.
The Panthers' 0-4 preseason vanishes in everyone's mind today if Carolina can win its opener.
I can see it happening if Carolina rushes for 150 yards as a team.
But I don't think that will happen.
My prediction: Philadelphia 20, Carolina 16.