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CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-4) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-0)

 

Series

 

PANTHERS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

16-12

STREAKS

6 of past 7

COACHES VS. OPP.

Fox: 10-4

Payton: 1-5

LAST WEEK

W 34-21 at Cardinals

W 35-27 vs. Falcons

LAST GAME

12/28/08: Panthers 33 at Saints 31.  Carolina K John Kasay kicks game-winning 42-yard FG with 1 second left to give Panthers most wins in franchise history (12).

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/28/08

BROADCAST

FOX (3:05 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick.  Westwood One Radio: Howard David, Dan Reeves.  SIRIUS: 91 (Car.), 121 (NO).  XM: 107 (NO). 

Stats

PASSING

Delhomme: 113-191-1,262-5-13-59.3

Brees: 157-230-2,006 (1C)-16 (T1L)-6-107.6 (3L)

RUSHING

D. Williams: 128-619 (3C)-4.8-5 (T3C)

P. Thomas: 70-405-5.8-4

RECEIVING

S. Smith: 30-414-13.8-1

Colston: 36-551-15.3-6 (T2L)

OFFENSE

318.6

428.7 (1L)

TAKE/GIVE

-8

+7 (3C)

DEFENSE

288.1

326.0

SACKS

Peppers: 7 (2C)

Smith: 4.5

INTs

3 tied: 2

Sharper: 7 (T1L)

PUNTING

Baker: 46.8

Morstead (R): 44.2

KICKING

Kasay: 32 (14/14 PAT; 6/9 FG)

Carney: 57 (33/35 PAT; 8/11 FG)

 

 

Notes

PANTHERS QB JAKE DELHOMME is 8-2 vs. NO.  Aims for 5th in row vs. NO with 100+ rating.  Has 120.3 rating in past 4 meetings.  In career as starter (incl. playoffs), when Delhomme has 110+ rating, team is 17-1 (.944)...RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS rushed for 178 yards in last meeting.  Has rushed for 696 yards (139.2 per game) & 6 TDs in past 5 vs. division.  Has rushed for 591 yards (118.2 per game) & 8 TDs in past 5 in Nov.  Has 23 rush TDs in past 19.  Team is 10-0 when he rushes for 110+ yards.  RB JONATHAN STEWART aims for 3rd in row vs. NO with TD run.  Has 4 TDs in past 4 vs. division & averages 6.0 yards per carry.  Rushed for 2 TDs last week...WR STEVE SMITH has 11 catches for 256 yards (128 per game) & TD in past 2 meetings.  Since 2005, averages 84.3 rec. yards per game, 2nd most in NFL (min. 50 games).  Has 100+ yards in 6 of past 7 vs. NFC South...DE JULIUS PEPPERS had 13-yard INT-TD, sack & FF last week.  Has 21.5 sacks in past 21, incl. 6 in past 4.  Aims for 3rd in row vs. NO with sack.  Rookie S SHERROD MARTIN had 1st 2 INTs of career last week...

SAINTS Average 39 points per game, most in NFL.  Have scored 273 points in 1st 7 games, 4th best in NFL history...QB DREW BREES passed for 386 yards & 4 TDs in last meeting.  Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 15,916 pass yards.  Has 2+ TD passes in 10 of past 11 vs. division (25 TDs).  Has 2,083 yards (347.2 per game), 21 TDs, 4 INTs & 126 rating in past 6 vs. NFC...RB-PR REGGIE BUSH has 28 TDs (16 rush, 8 rec, 4 PR) & is only Saint to score via rush, rec. & PR.  Aims for 4th in row with TD.  RB PIERRE THOMAS had rush & rec. TD last week.  Has 534 scrimmage yards (106.8 per game) & 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in past 5 at home...WR MARQUES COLSTON has 10 TDs in past 10 & aims for 4th in row with TD.  Has 14 catches for 216 yards (108 per game) in past 2 starts vs. Car.  TE JEREMY SHOCKEY has 452 receptions since 2002, 3rd most in NFL among TEs.  WR LANCE MOORE had 8 catches for 91 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting...S DARREN SHARPER leads NFL with 317 INT yards & 3 INT-TDs.  CB JABARI GREER had 48-yard INT-TD last week.  DE WILL SMITH had 2 sacks vs. Atl.