A few stats and notes as everyone starts getting ready for Monday Night Football and a visit by the New England Patriots (7-2), who play Carolina (6-3) in Bank of America Stadium Monday at 8:40 p.m.
1.Something's gotta give: Points scored by Patriots in last game: 55. Points allowed by Panthers in last five games combined: 57. (Above that's Charles Johnson and Mike Mitchell, two of the primary reasons why, sacking Colin Kaepernick Sunday).
2. The Panthers plan to wear black jerseys and silver pants on MNF and not the popular "black-on-black" combo, which in an online vote won (somewhat dubiously, but still) the title of best uniform in NFL history this past offseason. There's a small chance that the pants color could change to black between now and Monday. The jersey color, by rule, cannot.
3. The Patriots often show up at key times in Panther history. There was George Seifert's last game in 2001 before 50,000 empty seats, which was a 38-6 New England win. There was the 2003 Super Bowl, won in a cliffhanger by New England, 32-29. And there's now.
4. Neither the Panthers nor New England has a receiver in the top 40 in the NFL in reception yardage. However, New England has five receivers with 280 or more receiving yards and Carolina has four.
5. If the game comes down to a field goal, expect it to be made. Both Carolina's Graham Gano and New England's Stephen Gostkowski have only missed a single kick all season. Combining extra points and field goals, Gano is 38-for-39. Gostkowski is 46-for-47.