Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints: Game Preview

Official NFL Release

CAROLINA PANTHERS (0-3) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-1)

SERIES

 

PANTHERS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

17-13

STREAKS

7 of past 9

COACHES VS. OPP.

Fox: 11-5

Payton: 2-6

LAST WEEK

L 20-7 vs. Bengals

L 27-24 vs. Falcons (OT)

LAST GAME

1/3/10: Saints 10 at Panthers 23.  Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart rushes for 125 yards, including 62-yard TD, as Panthers defeat New Orleans.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/8/09: Saints 30, Panthers 20.  New Orleans DE Anthony Hargrove returns Carolina fumble for TD with 2 minutes remaining as Saints score final 10 points en route to victory.

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 129 (Car.), 127 (NO).  XM: 104 (Car.). 

STATS

PASSING

Clausen (R): 23-48-247-0-2-46.1

Brees: 85-112-856 (3C)-6 (T1C)-2-107.6 (3C)

RUSHING

D. Williams: 43-180-4.2-0

P. Thomas: 46-147-3.2-1

RECEIVING

Smith: 11-163-14.8-2 (T3C)

P. Thomas (RB): 17-133-7.8-0

OFFENSE

260.7

331.0

TAKE/GIVE

-6

+3

DEFENSE

318.0

362.3

SACKS

Connor, C. Johnson: 1

Ellis: 2

INTs

Godfrey: 3 (1L)

3 tied: 1

PUNTING

Baker: 43.0

Morstead: 45.7

KICKING

Kasay: 12 (3/3 PAT; 3/3 FG)

Hartley: 19 (7/7 PAT; 4/7 FG)

 

NOTES

PANTHERS Rookie QB JIMMY CLAUSEN (2nd round) made 1st career start last week & passed for 188 yards...RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS aims for 3rd 100-yard game in row vs. NO.  In past 2 meetings, has rushed for 327 yards (163.5 per game) & 2 TDs.   Ranks 2nd in NFC with 2,812 rush yards since start of 2008.  RB JONATHAN STEWART has rush TD in 3 of 4 career meetings.  In last game vs. NO, rushed for 125 yards & TD...WR STEVE SMITH has 8 TDs (7 rec., 1 rush) in past 9 meetings.  Has 15 catches for 320 yards (106.7 per game) & TD in past 3 vs. Saints.  Since start of 2005, Smith is 1 of 5 players with 6,000+ rec. yards & leads those 5 with 14.7 yards per catch avg.  Has 8 rec. TDs in past 10 games...Defense aims for 6th in row vs. NO QB Brees with INT.  Panthers have 6 INTs in past 5 vs. Brees.  CB CHRIS GAMBLE ranks 2nd in team history with 24 INTs.  Had 41-yard INT in last game at NO.  S CHARLES GODFREY leads NFL with career-high 3 INTs.  DE TYLER BRAYTON had sack & FF in last game at NO...

SAINTS QB DREW BREEShas completed 54 of 84 (64.3 pct.) for 716 yards with 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 101.1 rating in past 2 meetings.  Aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with 330+ yards.  Since 2008, Brees is 15-5 (.750) at home (incl. playoffs), completing 490 of 697 (70.3 pct.) for 6,162 yards (308.1 per game) with 53 TDs vs. 11 INTs for 116.3 rating...RB PIERRE THOMAS had 81 scrimmage yards (50 rush, 31 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting.  Has 13 TDs (9 rush, 4 rec.) in past 13 at home (incl. playoffs)...WR-PR  LANCE MOORE had 6 catches for 149 yards & 2 TDs last week & added 72-yard PR.  WR MARQUES COLSTON had career-long 86-yard TD vs. Car. (10/1/06).  Had 5 catches for 132 yards (26.4 avg.) in that game.  WR ROBERT MEACHEM had 5 catches for 98 yards & TD (54 yards) in last home meeting...In past 2 vs. Panthers, DE ANTHONY HARGROVE has 2 FR (1 FR-TD), sack & FF.  Scored only TD of career in 11/8/09 meeting.  DE WILL SMITH had 2 sacks & FF in last home game vs. Car.  Had sack last week.  LB JONATHAN VILMA has INT in 2 of past 4 vs. division.

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