The Carolina Panthers travel to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys tonight in the first Monday Night Football contest in the Cowboys’ new stadium. The Panthers are trying to figure out if quarterback Jake Delhomme is the right man for the job, even with the troubles he’s had of late. The Panthers would also like to pick up a win here so that they would avoid going 0-3 on the season. The Cowboys are sitting at 1-1 and definitely don’t want to start out the season 1-2 while the New York Giants sit pretty at 3-0. Tony Romo, Marion Barber, Roy Williams, and the game want to show that they do deserve to be classified as one of the best teams in the league.
Here are some interesting facts related to tonight’s game:
-These two teams have so far only played each other eight times in NFL history, of those games the Cowboys have won seven contests, while the Panthers have only won once.
-The most passing yards ever thrown for by a Panthers quarterback against a Cowboys defense is 286 by Steve Beuerlein in a 1998 loss.
-The record for the most passing yards ever thrown against the Panthers defense by a Cowboys quarterback is 287 and belongs to Jason Garrett who did so in a 1998 victory.
-The most touchdowns ever thrown for by a Panthers quarterback against a Cowboys defense is 3 and was accomplished in a 1998 loss by Steve Beuerlein.
-The most touchdowns ever thrown for by a Cowboys quarterback against a Panthers defense is 2 and was done by Jason Garrett in a 1998 win, Quincy Carter in a 2002 win, and Quincy Carter again in a 2003 win.
-No Panthers running back has run for more yards against the Cowboys in one game than Fred Lane did in 1997 when he gained 138 yards in a victory.
-The Cowboys running back who has rushed for more yards than anyone else against the Panthers in one game is Julius Jones, who gained 194 yards in a 2005 win.
-The record for the most rushing touchdowns scored by a Panthers player in a game against the Cowboys is actually just 1 and is held by four players: Tim Biakabutuka in 2000, Stephen Davis in 2003, DeShaun Foster in 2006, and wide receiver Steve Smith also in 2006.
-The most rushing touchdowns any Cowboys running back has scored against the Panthers defense in a game is 2. This was done twice, first by Julius Jones in a 2005 win, and then by Marion Barber in a 2006 win.
-The Panthers wide receiver with the most receiving yards in a game against the Cowboys is Steve Smith who gained 137 yards in a 2007 loss.
-The record for most receiving yards by a Cowboys wide receiver in one game against the Panthers is 146 and was accomplished by Michael Irvin in a 1998 victory.
-The Panthers wide receiver who has scored more receiving touchdowns in a game against the Cowboys than any other players is Rocket Ismail who in a 1998 loss caught two touchdown passes.
-No Cowboys receiver has ever scored more than one receiving touchdown against the Panthers defense in a game. There are 10 players on the list of Cowboys who have caught a touchdown pass in a game against the Panthers, and they are: Antonio Bryant, Joey Galloway (twice), Terry Glenn, Michael Irvin, Ernie Mills, Terrell Owens, Jeff Robinson, Chris Warren, and Jason Witten.