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RECORDS — Carolina (5-7); Jacksonville (8-4).

OPENING LINE — Jaguars by 10 1/2.

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Panthers 5-7; Jaguars 8-4.

SERIES RECORD — Jaguars lead series 2-1.

LAST MEETING — Panthers 24, Jaguars 23, Sept. 7, 2003 at Carolina.

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LAST WEEK — Panthers beat 49ers 31-14; Jaguars lost to Colts 28-25.

PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (27), RUSH (14), PASS (28)

PANTHERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (17), PASS (10)

JAGUARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (2), PASS (21)

JAGUARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (22), RUSH (8), PASS (27)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Last week, Carolina snapped five-game losing streak and won at home for first time in more than year. ... Panthers are 4-2 on road. ... QB Vinny Testaverde has four games of 299-plus yards passing vs. Jaguars. Carolina is averaging 165.3 yards passing per game since Week 3 when QB Jake Delhomme got hurt. ... RB DeShaun Foster snapped four-game scoreless streak last week. ... Steve Smith is averaging 8.5 yards per catch in his last five games, down from career average of 14.0. ... DE Mike Rucker had career-high three sacks in last meeting. ... Rookie LB Jon Beason leads team in tackles (75) and had first career INT last week. ... Last week, RB Fred Taylor had 104 yards, his second straight 100-yard game. ... RB Maurice Jones-Drew (134 carries, 631 yards) has scored in four straight and is averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Jags have 100-plus yards rushing in 21 of 23 games. ... QB David Garrard threw first INT of season last week, but has passer rating of 104.7, third best in league ... TE Marcedes Lewis has season-high five receptions in two straight. ... Jaguars average 141.0 yards rushing per game, most in AFC. ... S Reggie Nelson has four INTs, tied for league lead among rookie DBs and Jaguars have eight INTs in past five. ... Jacksonville has best kickoff coverage in league, with opponents’ average starting position the 23.3. ... WR Dennis Northcutt leads team in receptions (36) and yards receiving (465). ... WR Reggie Williams has career-high six TDs and team is 5-1 when he scores. ... DT Marcus Stroud will start after missing four games for violating league’s steroid and related substances policy.

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Last week, Carolina snapped five-game losing streak and won at home for first time in more than year. ... Panthers are 4-2 on road. ... QB Vinny Testaverde has four games of 299-plus yards passing vs. Jaguars. Carolina is averaging 165.3 yards passing per game since Week 3 when QB Jake Delhomme got hurt. ... RB DeShaun Foster snapped four-game scoreless streak last week. ... Steve Smith is averaging 8.5 yards per catch in his last five games, down from career average of 14.0. ... DE Mike Rucker had career-high three sacks in last meeting. ... Rookie LB Jon Beason leads team in tackles (75) and had first career INT last week. ... Last week, RB Fred Taylor had 104 yards, his second straight 100-yard game. ... RB Maurice Jones-Drew (134 carries, 631 yards) has scored in four straight and is averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Jags have 100-plus yards rushing in 21 of 23 games. ... QB David Garrard threw first INT of season last week, but has passer rating of 104.7, third best in league ... TE Marcedes Lewis has season-high five receptions in two straight. ... Jaguars average 141.0 yards rushing per game, most in AFC. ... S Reggie Nelson has four INTs, tied for league lead among rookie DBs and Jaguars have eight INTs in past five. ... Jacksonville has best kickoff coverage in league, with opponents’ average starting position the 23.3. ... WR Dennis Northcutt leads team in receptions (36) and yards receiving (465). ... WR Reggie Williams has career-high six TDs and team is 5-1 when he scores. ... DT Marcus Stroud will start after missing four games for violating league’s steroid and related substances policy.

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