Several teams are counting on the recoveries of injured players to turn their fortunes around in '05.
In a somewhat surprising roster move, the Pats on Friday placed starting right cornerback Tyrone Poole on injured reserve, ending his season.
Not surprisingly, the Super Bowl champion Patriots have a few of the deepest units throughout the league.
The running of Antowain Smith and defense of Rodney Harrison are among the reasons New England will beat Carolina.
Opponents who played both the Panthers and Patriots in the regular season break down the Super Bowl foes.
Key newcomers Stephen Davis and Rodney Harrison are expected to butt heads often on Super Bowl Sunday.
Here is a look at the payrolls of Carolina and New England, with players listed according to total 2003 compensation.
The Panthers' and Patriots' rosters are filled with impact players not commanding high salaries this season.