Green Bay (0-3) at Carolina (1-2)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EDT Mon Oct 3, 2005
  • TV: ABC
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Brett Favre and Jake Delhomme have experience with rough starts, and rebounding from them.

With their quarterbacks slumping, the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers find themselves struggling early for the second straight season as they meet at Bank of America Stadium.

The Packers are 0-3 for the first time since 1988, but also started slow last season, losing four of their first five. They went on to win nine of 11, four on last-second field goals, to reach the playoffs.

Favre was one of the goats in Green Bay’s 17-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, throwing three interceptions.

“I know you win as a team, you lose as a team, but I expect to be the difference-maker and when that’s not the case it’s very, very disappointing,” Favre said.

The three-time MVP, who lost his best receiver in the opener, has already been picked off seven times.

“Sometimes it gets to the point where guys are pressing a little bit too hard,” coach Mike Sherman said. “That may be the case in regard to Favre.”

The Panthers, who lost seven of their first eight games last season, are off to another poor start at 1-2. Carolina went on to win six of its final eight and just missed out on making the playoffs.

Delhomme’s late interception set up the winning field goal in a 27-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Delhomme had his best game of the season statistically on Sunday, going 19-of-35 for 285 yards and three touchdown passes to Steve Smith.

But his final throw of the day was a disaster and it came while the Panthers were headed for what could have been their own game-winning score. The game was tied at 24 and the Panthers had moved to the Miami 43-yard line when Delhomme locked in on receiver Keary Colbert.

“As a player, you don’t want to look your other teammates in the eye because you let them down,” Delhomme said. “There ain’t nothing worse than that. There’s nothing worse, sports-wise—nothing worse than that.”

Delhomme has accounted for six turnovers this season—four interceptions and two fumbles—that have led to 13 points for Carolina’s opponents. In a win over the New England Patriots the previous week, a poor throw was picked off by Mike Vrabel and returned 24 yards for a touchdown.

“Everybody’s hard on themselves when you don’t win,” Fox said. “I think that’s key. I’d assess all of our play, not just Jake Delhomme. All of our coaching, even myself. Right now we’re 1-2, so that’s assessment enough.

“It’s not good enough. It has to improve.”

Carolina’s offense Sunday mostly came from Smith, who tied team records with 11 receptions and three TD catches. But Smith also fumbled attempting a fair catch on a punt to set up Miami’s second touchdown.

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