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Panthers-Cardinals Capsule – 2011 Faceoff

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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.

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