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Numbers to Know: Saints vs. Panthers

How can the Saints rebound after a tough loss to Detroit?

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Here are three statistics that could have massive impacts when the New Orleans Saints (5-7) take on the Carolina Panthers (1-11) this Sunday in the Dome.

119 Yards

What does this mean: Receiving yards made by Chris Olave against the Detroit Lions last week

Why should I care:

Chris Olave was magnificent against the Lions. In the absence of Michael Thomas and Rashid Shaheed, Olave hauled in five receptions for 119 yards. Aside from a few questionable performances, Olave has had a stellar second season and is only 110 yards away from a 1,000-yard season. If the Saints want any chance of a successful passing performance against Carolina, Olave will need another big game. In the last meeting, Olave had six receptions for 86 yards and a game-saving one-handed pass from Derek Carr. Look for a big game from Olave.

4.4 Points per Game

What does this mean: First-half points per game scored by the Panthers over the past five games

Why should I care:

The defense needs to have a big game this Sunday. They were able to handle business against Carolina earlier this season and caused four sacks and only 17 points. For most of the season, Dennis Allen’s defense looks completely different in the second half compared to the first half. Luckily, the Panthers have been horrible at first-half scoring. They have averaged just 4.4 first-half points over their last five games. The Saints must take advantage of this lackluster Panthers offense and take the lead early. They are more than capable.


What does this mean: Jameis Winston’s completion percentage this season

Why should I care:

As of writing, Jameis Winston has not been officially named as the starter for next week, but it seems likely considering Carr’s injury (again). Although he has not started a game this season, he still has 47 passing attempts this year and has a 53.2 completion percentage. His questionable accuracy was on display after Carr was injured last week, and quite simply, Jameis needs to be better. He’ll be facing a Carolina team that has only made six interceptions this season but has yet to play Jameis. Winston does not need to be perfect, but he needs to be under control and eat a much-needed “W.”