Delhomme Will Bounce Back Versus Winless Lions

NC NighthawkAnalyst INovember 14, 2008

After escaping with a win at Oakland despite a pitiful performance from quarterback Jake Delhomme last week, the Panthers hope to take advantage of the winless Detroit Lions Sunday. 

Did you know that it was only the second time since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 that a quarterback completed less than 30 percent of his passes and threw four interceptions in a win? In 1975, Cincinnati's Ken Anderson went 4-for-19 with four interceptions in a 14-10 victory over the Raiders.

Another bailout!  DeAngelo Williams helped bail out Delhomme by running 17 times for 108 yards and a touchdown as the 7-2 Panthers won their third straight game. Delhomme also got some assistance from the defense, which held the Raiders to 259 total yards and forced three turnovers. 

Jake Delhomme has a good chance of bouncing back with the Lions (0-9) coming to town because Detroit is giving up 406.1 total yards per game.

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper made his Lions debut last week, going 5-for-10 for 104 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. The 31-year-old Culpepper, who came out of retirement to sign a two-year deal last week, had 11 lackluster appearances in the previous two seasons for Oakland and Miami after a knee injury (versus Carolina) stunted his career in Minnesota.

The Detroit Lions have lost three straight against our Carolina Panthers since taking the clubs' first meeting in 1999. Culpepper has also lost three in a row against the Panthers, with two TDs and seven interceptions in those games.

The Silver Fox Forecast: Panthers 30, Lions 13

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