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Saints @ Panthers: Game Preview

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (13-2) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (7-8)

SERIES

 

SAINTS

PANTHERS

SERIES LEADER

16-13

STREAKS

3 of past 5 on road

6 of past 8

COACHES VS. OPP.

Payton: 2-5

Fox: 10-5

LAST WEEK

L 20-17 (OT) vs. Buccaneers

W 41-9 at Giants

LAST GAME

11/8/09: Panthers 20 at Saints 30.  New Orleans overcomes 17-3 deficit to improve to 8-0, best start in franchise history.  Saints QB Drew Brees throws for 330 yards & TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/19/08: Panthers 30, Saints 7.  Carolina QB Jake Delhomme throws for 195 yards & 2 TDs, including 39-yarder to WR Steve Smith, who finishes game with 122 yards.

BROADCAST

FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick.  SIRIUS: 126 (NO), 152 (Car).  XM: 103 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Brees: 363-514-4,388 (1C)-34 (1L)-11-109.6 (1L)

M. Moore: 71-115-891-7-2-98.9

RUSHING

P. Thomas: 147-793-5.4-6

D. Williams: 216-1,117-5.2-7

RECEIVING

Colston: 69-1,071-15.5-9

Muhammad: 46-496-10.8-1

OFFENSE

416.5 (1L)

331.3

TAKE/GIVE

+14 (3L)

+3

DEFENSE

359.8

322.7

SACKS

Smith: 13 (2C)

Peppers: 10.5

INTs

Sharper: 9 (T1L)

Gamble, Marshall: 4

PUNTING

Morstead (R): 43.1

Baker: 44.3

KICKING

Hartley: 33 (9/10 PAT; 8/10 FG)

Kasay: 86 (29/30 PAT; 19/24 FG)

 

NOTES

SAINTS Lead NFL with 500 points ...QB DREW BREES has 4,388 yards & needs 12 to become 1st QB in NFL history with 4 consecutive 4,400-yard seasons.  Has 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...RB PIERRE THOMAS had rush TD in last meeting.  RB REGGIE BUSH had 7 receptions in last meeting.  Needs 95 rush yards & 66 rec. yards to reach 2,000 career in each category...WR MARQUES COLSTON has 11 rec. TDs in past 12 Dec. games.  Has 3 TDs vs. Car., incl. career-long 86-yarder (10/1/06).  WR ROBERT MEACHEM aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with TD.  Had 30-yard TD last week.  WR DEVERY HENDERSON avgs. 27.1 yards per catch (15 catches, 407 yards) in past 6 meetings & 14 of 15 receptions have gone for 1st down (93.3 pct.)...LB JONATHAN VILMA has 25 tackles in past 2 meetings.  DE WILL SMITH has 10.5 sacks in past 9.  Had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting.  S DARREN SHARPER has 9 INTs for NFL-record 376 yards.  DE ANTHONY HARGROVE had 2 FRs (FR-TD) & FF in last meeting...

 

PANTHERS QB MATT MOORE has 6 TDs, 0 INTs & 133.4 rating in past 2 starts & club is 2-0.  Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TDs, 0 INTs & 120+ rating...RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has rushed for 327 yards (163.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 meetings.  Has 937 rush yards (133.9 per game) & 8 TDs in past 7 vs. division.  RB JONATHAN STEWART rushed for franchise-record 206 yards & TD last week.  Has 326 rush yards in 1st 2 career starts, 2nd most since 1970.  When he has 15+ att., has rushed for 1,180 yards (98.3 per game) & club is 12-0.  Williams (1,117) & Stewart (1,008) are 5th RB duo in NFL history to each rush for 1,000 yards...WR MUHSIN MUHAMMAD had 22-yard TD last week...DE JULIUS PEPPERS has 10.5 sacks, his 6th 10+ sack season.  S CHRIS HARRIS had INT last week & aims for 6th in row with INT or FF.  CB CHRIS GAMBLE had INT in last meeting.  LB JON BEASON had sack & FF last week.  Has team-high 134 tackles, 3rd 100+ tackle season in row.