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Carolina Panthers (3-3) at New Orleans Saints (3-2)
Mercedes-Benz Superdome | New Orleans, La.
FOX | 1 p.m. ET | How To Watch
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History: Panthers vs. Saints

  • Including their loss in the 2017 playoffs, the Panthers are 25-26 all-time against the Saints, playing New Orleans more than any other opponent in franchise history.
  • The series has a total point differential of just 23 (1,146-1,123). Six of the last 10 contests with New Orleans have been decided by five points or fewer.
  • Current Streak: Saints W2
  • Last matchup: New Orleans won the 2019 season finale, 42-10, at Carolina.
Alvin Kamara

New Orleans (3-2) is coming off a bye before hosting Carolina this week. All eyes will be on the status of wide receiver Michael Thomas, one the NFL's top receivers who hasn't played since he injured an ankle in Week 1. He may make his return to the lineup against Carolina.

Running back Alvin Kamara leads the NFL with seven total touchdowns and is second in the league with 676 scrimmage yards.

Defensive end Trey Hendrickson leads New Orleans in sacks (4.5), pressures (12) and tackles for loss (5).

Table inside Article
Category Panthers Saints
Total Yards/Game 383.5 (11th) 378.4 (12th)
Rushing Yards/Game 116.8 (16th) 115.0 (18th)
Net Passing Yards/Game 266.7 (9th) 263.4 (12th)
Sacks Allowed 12 (t-17th) 7 (t-3rd)
Third Down Efficiency 44.4 (13th) 48.5 (4th)
Points/Game 23.0 (23rd) 30.6 (5th)
Total Yards/Game 340.5 (11th) 337.4 (8th)
Rushing Yards/Game 121.7 (18th) 100.2 (6th)
Net Passing Yards/Game 218.8 (7th) 237.2 (19th)
Sacks 5 (t-31st) 13 (t-14th)
Third Down Efficiency 50.7 (29th) 48.6 (26th)
Turnover Margin +1 (t-13th) +1 (t-13th)
Points Allowed/Game 23.5 (13th) 30.0 (24th)

Stat Nuggets To Know


  • The Panthers rank seventh with 218.8 passing yards allowed. That's the second-best average for a Carolina pass defense dating back to 2010 and a full 19.4 yards better than the overall average from 2014-19 (238.2). The Panthers have allowed an opposing passer rating of 86.2, sixth-best in the NFL.
  • The Panthers are tied for seventh with nine takeaways. It's their second-most takeaways through six weeks dating back to 2015.
  • Wide receivers Robby Anderson and DJ Moore have combined for 1,040 receiving yards, more than any other duo in the NFL. Either Anderson or Moore has ranked in the Top 5 of the league's fastest ball carriers in three of the first six weeks.
  • Carolina enters the game ranked 28th in the red zone after converting just 47.8 percent of their red zone opportunities into touchdowns. New Orleans ranks 31st (85.0 percent) in red zone defense and 26th (48.6 percent) in third down defense.
  • Panthers' rookies have accounted for 389 total defensive snaps, the most for any Carolina team through the first six weeks of a season.


  • Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater ranks seventh in passing yards (1,676) and fourth in completion percentage (70.9). On third down plays, Bridgewater ranks fifth in passing yards (462), sixth in completions for first downs (25) and third in completion percentage (74.5).
  • Wide receiver Robby Anderson is now second in the NFL with 566 receiving yards and is tied for fourth with 40 catches. His 40 receptions tie Christian McCaffrey (2018) for the most in the first six games of a season.
  • Since Week 3, running back Mike Davis is eighth in the league in scrimmage yards (406), ninth in rushing yards (271) and leads the league with 21 broken tackles.
  • Wide receiver DJ Moore has 474 receiving yards and ranks third among wide receivers with 17.6 yards per reception.
  • Safety Jeremy Chinn has a team-high 48 tackles, tied for 11th-most in the NFL. He has the most tackles of any rookie and is tied for fourth most by any rookie in the first six weeks since 2015.
  • Linebacker Shaq Thompson has 47 tackles and three games with 10-plus tackles, tied for third-most in the league. Thompson and Chinn have combined for 95 tackles, third-most for any duo in the NFL.
  • Defensive tackle Derrick Brown has six tackles for loss which ties for sixth in the NFL and is the most by any rookie.
  • Defensive end Brian Burns has 14 QB pressures, tying for 11th in the league.

Chasing Milestones in 2020

  • The Panthers need two wins to reach 200 regular season wins. Dating back to 1995, Carolina is 198-207-1 in the regular season.
  • Moore needs 111 receiving yards to pass Mark Carrier (2,547) and move into 6th place in franchise history. Moore currently ranks seventh.
  • Long snapper JJ Jansen on Sunday will pass Steve Smith (182) for career games played for second-most in franchise history behind John Kasay (221).

Notable Connections


  • Offensive coordinator Joe Brady was an offensive assistant with New Orleans from 2017-18.
  • Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater played for the Saints from 2018-19.
  • Cornerback Eli Apple was a Saint in 2018-19.

The Panthers trail the all-time series against the Saints, 27-29. Carolina has played New Orleans more than any other team in its history.

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