McNabb looks to overcome QB scrutiny

September 13, 2009 9:01:39 AM PDT
Donovan McNabb will soon share snaps with Michael Vick and remains burdened by his 1-4 record in NFC championship games. Jake Delhomme is coming off one of the worst playoff performances by a quarterback. Sure, the two friends have led Philadelphia and Carolina to a combined 136 wins. Their clubs rank 1-2 in victories in the NFC since 2003, too. It just doesn't make the scrutiny any less intense as McNabb's Eagles visit the Delhomme's Panthers in Sunday's opener.

Delhomme will make his sixth straight opening day start for Carolina. It'll be 10 in a row for McNabb with the Eagles.

Yet it would seem both quarterbacks need solid games Sunday.

The 32-year-old McNabb has publicly supported Vick's arrival and played well in his fourth NFC championship game loss to the Cardinals in January. But if he struggles, there will be calls for Vick to supplant the man who's been the regular starter since 1999.

Delhomme led Carolina to a Super Bowl loss in his first season, but he looked lost in Carolina's last real game. On his 34th birthday he threw five interceptions - one shy of the NFL playoff record - and lost a fumble against the Cardinals. The performance put an abrupt end to a 12-win season and Delhomme's successful return from reconstructive elbow surgery.

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