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Monday Morning Qb

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November 27, 2006|By KEN MURRAY

Panthers showing no playoff push

It looks less and less likely that Carolina will make a serious push in the postseason. The Panthers lost in Washington, when quarterback Jake Delhomme threw his eighth and ninth interceptions of the season. The Panthers are the worst third-down offensive team in the league, and that reflects on the quarterback.

New low for Vikes?

Quarterback Brad Johnson awakened the somnolent Vikings offense with three touchdown passes in a 31-26 win over the Cardinals. That gives Johnson eight touchdown passes and the Vikings a total of 10 in 11 games this season. The franchise low for 16 games is 15 touchdown passes. Minnesota could still match that low.

Ragged on the road

The Jaguars continue to be one of the most inconsistent teams in the league. They are capable of winning in Philadelphia, but they are 1-4 on the road, losing yesterday in Buffalo after beating the Giants convincingly at home last Monday night. They're back on the road next week against Miami.

Quitting time

Browns coach Romeo Crennel could be in big trouble in Cleveland. The Browns appeared to quit in a 30-0 loss at home to the Bengals. After another home game against the Chiefs next week, they play three of their last four on the road. On a team that dumped its offensive coordinator at midseason, quarterback Charlie Frye has thrown 16 interceptions already.

West is weak

The Seahawks have scored only three rushing touchdowns through 10 games going into tonight's game against the Packers. Obviously, they've missed running back Shaun Alexander. But even without Alexander, there's no team in the sad-sack NFC West that has threatened them. The Rams helped the Seahawks out yesterday by beating the 49ers; both teams are 5-6.

Carr's progression

Under new coach Gary Kubiak, Texans quarterback David Carr has made huge strides this season. He's completing 69.9 percent of his throws and has more touchdown passes (10) than interceptions (seven), but hasn't reached the point where he makes enough plays to win a game. That's his next step.

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