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Week 12 Game Preview: Panthers at Dolphins

A.J. Bouye

Game Reset

  • Carolina Panthers (5-6) at Miami Dolphins (4-7)
  • Hard Rock Stadium | Miami Gardens, Fla.
  • Sunday, Nov. 28 | 1 p.m. ET | FOX
  • Roster | Depth Chart | How to Watch

History: Carolina vs. Miami

Notable Connections


  • CB Rashaan Melvin spent time with Miami in 2014
  • Six different players (Marquis Haynes Sr., CJ Henderson, Brian Burns, John Miller, Sam Franklin Jr., Robby Anderson) are originally from the state of Florida


  • Punter Michael Palardy played for Carolina from 2016-20
Table inside Article
Category Carolina Miami
Total Yards/Game 318.7 (26th) 310.5 (28th)
Rushing Yards/Game 115.5 (15th) 77.4 (31st)
Net Passing Yards/Game 203.2 (27th) 233.1 (17th)
Sacks Allowed 26 (t-20th) 27 (t-23rd)
Third Down Efficiency 35.4 (27th) 42.0 (12th)
Points/Game 20.6 (22nd) 18.3 (26th)
Total Yards/Game 288.7 (2nd) 382.8 (29th)
Rushing Yards/Game 114.5 (19th) 108.6 (13th)
Passing Yards/Game 174.2 (1st) 274.2 (29th)
Sacks 30 (3rd) 23 (t-15th)
Third Down Efficiency 34.3 (5th) 45.8 (29th)
Takeaways 13 (15th) 16 (t-8th)
Points Allowed/Game 20.0 (6th) 24.4 (23rd)

Stat Nuggets To Know


  • The pass defense leads the NFL, allowing just 174.2 net pass yards per game, currently best in the NFL and third-best of any team over the last 10 years.
  • Carolina has not allowed a TD on the opponent's first drive in any game this season, the only team in the league with that distinction.
  • Over the last four weeks, Carolina has seven takeaways, tied for sixth-most in the NFL. Carolina had just three takeaways over the previous five weeks.
  • Carolina has 57 tackles for loss (2nd) and 30 sacks (2nd) this season. The 87 total tackles behind the line of scrimmage are fifth-most in Panthers history through 11 games since tackles for loss were compiled in 2000.
  • The Panthers' offensive line has allowed just two sacks over the last four weeks, the fewest allowed by any team in that span. Since Week 8, Carolina's 558 rushing yards rank fourth in the NFL.
  • In the first quarter, Carolina has averaged 9:37 in time of possession, good for third in the NFL. On the season, Carolina's overall average time of possession margin of 3:25 is sixth in the NFL.
  • Since Week 6, the Panthers' special teams EPA (expected points added) of +18.55 is second in the NFL.
  • Carolina's duo of Haason Reddick and Brian Burns currently tie for second in the NFL for total sacks (17.5) among any two teammates, trailing Arizona's Markus Golden/Chandler Jones (18.0)


  • Running back Christian McCaffrey recently became the fastest player to reach 3,000 career rushing and receiving yards. He also tallied his 22nd career game with at least 50 rushing and 50 receiving yards, the most by any player in his first five seasons.
  • Quarterback Cam Newton had two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown last week at home, his 22nd career game with those numbers which is the most in NFL history. Despite only playing nine snaps in Week 10, Newton's five offensive touchdowns are tied for third-most in the NFL in Weeks 10-11.
  • Linebacker Haason Reddick leads the NFC with 10.5 sacks and is the only player in the NFL with at least 10 TFL, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 50 tackles.

Milestones in Reach

Christian McCaffrey

  • Needs two receptions to pass Roger Craig and Alvin Kamara (358) for the most receptions in a running back's first five seasons all-time.
  • Needs one game of 50 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards for his 23rd career game with those numbers, tying Tiki Barber and LaDainian Tomlinson for second-most in NFL history behind Marshall Faulk (41).
  • Needs three scrimmage TDs for 50 for his career, tying Muhsin Muhammad for fifth place in franchise history

Cam Newton

  • Needs a rushing and passing TD at Miami for his third consecutive game with at least a rushing/passing TD, setting a franchise record. The NFL record is five straight games, set by Kyler Murray in 2020
  • Needs two passing or rushing touchdowns to tie Dan Fouts (267) for 20th in the NFL Super Bowl era.
  • Needs 652 rushing yards to pass Michael Vick (6,109) for the most by a quarterback in NFL history

DJ Moore

  • Needs 93 receiving yards to hit 4,000 for his career. He could become the fastest Panther to reach that mark if he does it on Sunday in his 57th game (Steve Smith, 66 games).
  • Needs a 100-yard receiving game to break a tie with Greg Olsen (11) and move into third place in franchise history in 100-yard games
  • Needs 249 receiving yards for his third-straight season with 1,000 receiving yards. Only Steve Smith (2005-08) and Greg Olsen (2014-16) have had three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons in franchise history.

Haason Reddick

  • Needs one game with at least 1.5 sacks to BREAK the franchise record of five games with multiple sacks in a single season (Kevin Greene, 1999; Charles Johnson 2012)
  • Needs 4.5 sacks to tie Kevin Greene (1998) and Greg Hardy (2013) with the franchise record of 15.0 sacks in a season

Brian Burns

  • Needs a 0.5 sack to pass Lamar Lathon (23.5) and move into ninth place all-time in Panthers history

Donte Jackson

  • Needs two interceptions to tie Richard Marshall/Doug Evans (14) for fifth all-time in franchise history

Carolina is 2-4 all-time against Miami, dating back to 1998.