The last time we'd seen Jake Delhomme, he was almost single-handedly handing the Arizona Cardinals a berth in the NFC Championship Game. During that Divisional Round game, he threw five interceptions and fumbled once in a 33-13 loss.
Well, things were nearly as bad for him in his next game — this year's season opener against the Eagles, in which he tossed 4 INTs and lost a fumble (the Panthers had 7 TOs overall) in a 38-10 rout that could not have sent the Carolina faithful home very happy.
Of course, it can't be all smiles and sunshine for Team Drama either. On a day when their defense dominated, their special teams scored and their offense looked sharp, in what seems to be an all-too-regular Rite of Fall, Donovan McNabb went down with a cracked rib.
Apparently, this is not the season-ending variety, but probably the 2-4 week type. You can imagine if #5 doesn't come back sharp (the Birdz have a bye in week 4) the calls for Michael Vick may get pretty loud. Fortunately for Donovan, neither Vick nor Kevin Kolb have looked all that sharp — which bodes well for his retaining the #1 spot, though not-so-good for the Eagles next match up against the high-scoring Saints.