Panthers vs. Saints Game Capsule Preview

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Panthers will try to hold on to their overall 18-17 series lead as they visit the Saints in La.

CAROLINA PANTHERS (6-9) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-8)

SERIES

PANTHERS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

18-17

STREAKS

5 of past 7

COACHES VS. OPP.

Rivera: 1-2

Vitt: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 17-6 vs. Raiders

W 34-31 (OT) at Cowboys

LAST GAME

9/16/12: Saints 27 at Panthers 35. Carolina QB Cam Newton throws TD & rushes for 71 yards & TD. Panthers RBs DeAngelo Williams & Mike Tolbert each rush for TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE

1/1/12: Saints 45, Panthers 17. New Orleans QB Drew Brees passes for 389 yards & 5 TDs as Brees finishes 2011 with 5,476 passing yards, most in single-season in NFL history.

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM CT): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz, Krista Voda (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 139 (Car.), 93 (NO). XM: 226 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Newton: 264-452-3,621-19-11-88.0

Brees: 393-627-4,781 (1L)-39 (1L)-18-94.9

RUSHING

Newton (QB): 120-707-5.9-8

Ingram: 146-563-3.9-5

RECEIVING

S. Smith: 70-1,101-15.7-4

Colston: 78-1,102-14.1-8

OFFENSE

349.4

408.9 (3L)

TAKE/GIVE

+1

+2

DEFENSE

325.9

434.1

SACKS

Hardy: 11

Jordan: 8

INTs

3 tied: 2

Greer, P. Robinson: 3

PUNTING

Nortman (R): 42.8

Morstead: 50.5 (1L)

KICKING

Gano: 33 (15/16 PAT; 6/7 FG)

Hartley: 103 (52/52 PAT; 17/21 FG)

NOTES

PANTHERS: Aim for 4th win in row.

In past 6, QB CAM NEWTON has passed for 11 TDs, 1 INT & 104.2 rating. Is only player with 30+ pass (40) & 20+ rush (22) TDs in 1st 2 NFL seasons. In last meeting, had 129.2 rating & 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush)…

RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has 5 rush TDs in past 5 meetings. Has rushed for 650 yards (108.3 per game) in past 6 meetings…

WR STEVE SMITH has 22 catches for 331 yards (82.8 per game) & 3 TDs in past 4. Has 1,101 yards, his 7th 1,000-yard season. Aims for 4th in row vs. NO with 100+ yards or TD.

WR BRANDON LA FELL has 8 career rec. TDs & avg. 26.5 yards per TD (212 yards).

TE GREG OLSEN has 4 TDs in past 7…

S CHARLES GODFREY had INT-TD in last meeting.

CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN ties for 3rd in NFL with 2 INT-TDs.

DE CHARLES JOHNSON has 27.5 sacks in past 37. Has 10.5 sacks in past 12.

DE GREG HARDY has 9 sacks in past 9.

Rookie LB LUKE KUECHLY leads team with 152 tackles. Had 2nd career INT last week…

SAINTS:

QB DREW BREES had 446 yards & 3 TDs last week. Has 4,781 pass yards & is 1st in NFL history with 3 consecutive 4,500-yard seasons. His 14,877 pass yards are most in any 3-year span in NFL history. Needs 219 yards to be 1st in NFL history with 3 5,000-yard seasons. In last meeting at home, passed for 389 yards & 5 TDs…

Since 2011, RB DARREN SPROLES leads NFL RBs with 153 catches & 13 rec. TDs.

RB CHRIS IVORY rushed for 127 yards & TD in last home meeting.

RB MARK INGRAM aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with rush TD…

Since 2010, TE JIMMY GRAHAM leads NFC TEs with 27 TDs (incl. playoffs). Aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with TD.

WR MARQUES COLSTON had 7 catches for 145 yards & 2 TDs in last home game vs. Car.

WR JOSEPH MORGAN avg. 41.2 yards per catch (9 catches, 371 yards, 3 TDs)…

Since 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 18.5 sacks, most by DB (incl. playoffs).

DE CAMERON JORDAN leads team with career-high 8 sacks.

Saints have 2 players with 100+ tackles: LB CURTIS LOFTON(118) & Harper (109).

CB JABARI GREER had 24-yard INT-TD in 11/7/10 meeting.

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