Panthers have edge in field-position game

Updated: January 30, 2004, 4:36 PM ET
By By Scouts, Inc. | For ESPN Insider
Editor's note: Scouts, Inc., offers up daily notes and observations as the countdown to Super Bowl XXXVIII picks up steam.

  • First look: Pats will force Panthers to pass | Take 2: Pats' offense can scheme, too
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  • Wednesday: Defensive difference-makers | Thursday: Don't overlook Panthers' D-line

    This could become a game of field position, as both teams have outstanding defenses. The punting game will be significant and give the Panthers an advantage if this happens. PT Todd Sauerbrun is more consistent and has a stronger leg than Patriots PT Ken Walter. Walter was released and then re-signed during the season. In addition, LS Brian Kinchen was signed because of injuries to the Patriots' starting and backup long snappers.