St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
TampaBay.com
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
tampabay.com

printer version

Victorious Panthers have no complaints

Carolina doesn't much care that win comes vs. fellow 2001 weakling Detroit.

©Associated Press
September 16, 2002


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers don't care how bad the Lions might be. Carolina will take as many wins as it can get.

The battle of the two worst teams in the league last season was a one-sided rout Sunday, with the Panthers looking like a good team in a 31-7 victory.

"People will have a tendency to say, 'That's just the Detroit Lions, who cares if you beat them,' " Carolina receiver Muhsin Muhammad said. "But what if you lose to a team like that? It doesn't matter who you beat or how you beat them, all wins are important."

Rodney Peete had 310 yards and a touchdown passing, Lamar Smith ran for two scores, Mike Minter returned an interception 40 yards for a score and Julius Peppers lived up to his billing with three sacks and a forced fumble.

The victory doubled the Panthers' win total from a year ago when Carolina lost 15 straight to end the season.

"People try to slight who you play and how you play, but winning breeds confidence and we're a lot more confident now than we were two weeks ago," new coach John Fox said. "And it can't really get any better than 2-0."

The Lions dropped their 10th straight road game, dating to last season, and showed signs of being as bad as they were in 2001 when they went 2-14 and didn't win until Week 13.

Peete moved the ball around by throwing to eight different receivers, and wasn't afraid to go long or throw into double coverage. His 58-yard pass to Smith set up one score.

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright
 

From the Times sports desk
  • Bulls' downfall began with ground attack
  • Newman breaks out
  • Hornish captures second IRL title
  • Distractions don't faze Stewart
  • De La Hoya KOs Vargas and critics
  • Sports briefs
  • AL: Glaus powers Angels into first
  • NL: Schilling forms a 300K duo
  • Twins clinch Central crown
  • Tigers hold tribute to their legendary voice
  • Forsman snaps winless streak
  • Sorenstam picks up 39th LPGA Tour title
  • Weekes collapses at camp
  • 'It was about what we expected'
  • McPherson doesn't get call
  • The ante is raised this week
  • College football roundup
  • FG miss keeps Bears unbeaten
  • Victorious Panthers have no complaints
  • NFL notes: Sending out plays tough for Broncos
  • Saints halt Favre to stay on top
  • Jaguars work quickly to top Chiefs
  • Collins, Giants strike early against stumbling Rams
  • Dolphins ruin Dungy's plans
  • NFL Round-up
  • Division game spurs Redskins, Eagles
  • Raiders pass test easily

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report

  • Rays
  • Tryouts continue as Rays end skid
  • LHP in the zone at site of debut

  • Bucs
  • Gimme Five
  • Walker back on line after a wakeup call
  • Williams steps up at key moments
  • Bucs, Ravens quotebooks
  • Sound bites
  • Quoth the Defense: Never Score
  • Game balls
  • Defense silences its critics

  • Letters
  • Feedback: Johnson worthy of the praise

  • Lightning
  • Lightning could ride goalie to playoffs
  • Rancorous labor fight looms large
  • Lack of progress could lead to deals


  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts