Saints vs Panthers Game Preview and Matchup History

Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

The streaking Carolina Panthers aim for their fourth straight win against a Saints team that has won five of the past seven matchups.

  • Panthers aim for 4th win in row.
  • In his past six games, QB Cam Newton has passed for 11 TDs, 1 INT and a 104.2 QB rating.
  • In his last meeting vs. New Orleans, Newton had 129.2 QB rating and 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush).
  • RB DeAngelo Williams has 5 rush TDs in past 5 meetings vs. New Orleans.
  • Williams has rushed for 650 yards (108.3 per game) in his past six meetings vs. New Orleans.
  • WR Steve Smith has 1,101 yards this year, his seventh 1,000-yard season.
  • Smith aims for his 4th game in a row vs. New Orleans with 100+ yards or a TD.
  • S Charles Godfrey had a pick six in his last meeting vs. New Orleans.
  • DE Charles Johnson has 10.5 sacks in his past 12 games.
  • DE Greg Hardy has 9 sacks in his past 9 games.
  • Rookie LB Luke Kuechly leads team with 152 tackles. Had his second career INT last week.
  • QB Drew Brees has 4,781 pass yards and 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.
  • Brees needs 219 yards to be the 1st in NFL history with three 5,000-yard seasons.
  • In his last meeting at home vs. Panthers, Brees passed for 389 yards and 5 TDs.
  • RB Chris Ivory rushed for 127 yards and a TD in his last home meeting vs. Panthers.
  • RB Mark Ingram aims for his third in row vs. Carolina with a rush TD.
  • TE Jimmy Graham aims for his third game in a row vs. Carolina with a TD.
  • WR Marques Colston had 7 catches for 145 yards and 2 TDs in last home game vs. Carolina.
  • WR Joseph Morgan averages 41.2 yards per catch (9 catches, 371 yards, 3 TDs).
  • CB Jabari Greer had a 24-yard pick six in the 11/7/10 meeting vs. Carolina.

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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).

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