Saints @ Panthers: Game Preview

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

SERIES

SAINTS

PANTHERS

SERIES LEADER

17-15

STREAKS

3 of past 4

COACHES VS. OPP.

Payton: 4-6

Rivera: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 23-10 at Jaguars

L 34-29 at Bears

LAST GAME

11/7/10: Saints 34 at Panthers 3. After falling behind 3-0, New Orleans scores 34 unanswered points to defeat Carolina. Saints QB Drew Brees passes for 253 yards & 2 TDs.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/7/10

BROADCAST

FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 91 (NO), 134 (Car.). XM: 231 (Car.). 

STATS

PASSING

Brees: 120-174-1,410 (1C)-10 (3C)-4-102.9 (3C)

Newton (R): 97-163-1,386 (3L)-5-5-84.5

RUSHING

M. Ingram (R): 53-184-3.5-1

D. Williams: 37-143-3.9-0

RECEIVING

Sproles (RB): 26 (T3L)-224-8.6-1

S. Smith: 24-530 (1C)-22.1-2

OFFENSE

454.0 (1C)

440.0 (3L)

TAKE/GIVE

-3

-2

DEFENSE

348.0

346.8

SACKS

Harper: 3.5

C. Johnson: 4

INTs

Greer, P. Robinson: 1

Godfrey, Martin: 1

PUNTING

Morstead: 48.5 (3C)

Baker: 39.5

KICKING

Kasay: 39 (3C) (12/12 PAT; 9/11 FG)

Mare: 31 (7/7 PAT; 8/10 FG)

 

NOTES

SAINTS: QB DREW BREES aims for 4th win in row vs. Car. Is 8-3 (.727) in past 11 starts vs. division. Has 20+ completions in NFL-record 24 consecutive games...RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLESis only player in NFL with rush, rec. & ret. TD. Leads NFL with 11 catches on 3rd down. RB MARK INGRAM leads NFC rookies with 184 rush yards. RB PIERRE THOMAS had rush TD in last meeting. Has 8 TDs (5 rush, 3 rec.) in past 9 division contests...TE JIMMY GRAHAM leads NFL TEs with 367 rec. yards. Had career-high 10 catches & 132 rec. yards last week. Has 7 TDs in past 7. Had 19-yard TD in last game. WR DEVERY HENDERSON is averaging 22.1 yards per catch (12 catches, 265 yards). WR ROBERT MEACHEM has 20 career rec. TDs & 13 have gone for 25+ yards. WR LANCE MOORE has 4 TDs in past 5 meetings. ...Since entering NFL in 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 13 sacks, most by DB. Had sack in last game vs. Car. CB JABARI GREER had 24-yard INT-TD in last meeting. DT SEDRICK ELLIS aims for 3rd consecutive game vs. Car. with sack. DE WILL SMITH had 2 sacks last week...

PANTHERSTotal (440 yards per game) & pass (334.8) offense rank 2nd in NFC. Rookie QB CAM NEWTON averages 346.5 pass yards per game & is 2nd in NFC with 1,386 yards. Is only player in NFL history with 4+ pass (5) & 4+ rush (4) TDs in 1st 4 games...In past 3 vs. NO, RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has rushed for 413 yards (137.7 per game) & 3 TDs (66, 39 & 7 yards). In 3 games vs. NO with 15+ att., RB JONATHAN STEWARThas 249 rush yards (83 per game) & 3 TDs. Panthers are 3-0 in those games. When he has 15+ att., team is 14-3 (.824)...WR STEVE SMITH leads NFC with 530 rec. yards (24 catches, 22.1 avg., 2 TDs). Had 8 catches for 181 yards last week & has 150+ yards in 3 of 4 games. Has 4 100-yard rec. games vs. NO. TE JEREMY SHOCKEY spent 3 seasons with NO (2008-10). Had 139 catches for 1,460 yards with Saints. TE GREG OLSEN aims for 3rd in row with TD catch...DE CHARLES JOHNSON has 12 sacks in past 11. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NO with 0.5+ sack. In 10/3/10 meeting,LB JAMES ANDERSON had 14 tackles, sack, FF & 2 FRs. CB CHRIS GAMBLE has 3 INTs vs. NO.

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