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History: Panthers vs. Chiefs

  • Carolina is 2-4 all-time against Kansas City, including a 1-2 mark on the road.
  • The Panthers' last win against the Chiefs came in 2008, while their only win at Arrowhead was in 2004.
  • Current Streak: Chiefs W2
  • Last matchup: Chiefs won, 20-17, in Charlotte in 2016.

Reigning Super Bowl Champs

  • Sunday marks the 20th time in 26 seasons that the Panthers will play the reigning Super Bowl champions.
  • The Panthers are 8-11 all-time in those matchups, but they've won each of the last two on the road at New England in 2017 and Philadelphia in 2018.

Kansas City comes into the game with one of the league's historically great offenses. The Chiefs rank top five in average net yards (410.5, 4th), average net passing yards (286.4, 4th), third-down conversion percentage (49.5, t-3rd), average points scored (31.6, 3rd) and average point differential (12.6, 1st).

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the first player in NFL history with at least 20 passing touchdowns (21) and one or fewer interceptions through the first eight games of the season.

The Chiefs' defense has complemented the offensive dominance by helping Kansas City lead the NFL in turnover margin (+9) and rank third in points allowed (19.0).

Table inside Article
Category Panthers Chiefs
Offense
Total Yards/Game 361.0 (19th) 410.5 (4th)
Rushing Yards/Game 110.6 (18th) 124.1 (13th)
Net Passing Yards/Game 250.4 (19th) 286.4 (4th)
Sacks Allowed 16 (17th) 11 (t-9th)
Third Down Efficiency 44.0 (t-11th) 49.5 (4th)
Points/Game 22.4 (25th) 31.6 (2nd)
Defense
Total Yards/Game 357.4 (15th) 344.0 (10th)
Rushing Yards/Game 124.9 (20th) 142.8 (29th)
Net Passing Yards/Game 232.5 (15th) 201.3 (3rd)
Sacks 8 (29th) 17 (t-15th)
Third Down Efficiency 54.2 (31st) 38.5 (9th)
Turnover Margin +2 (t-10th) +9 (1st)
Points Allowed/Game 24.1 (13th) 19.0 (t-3rd)

Stat Nuggets To Know

Team

  • The Panthers lead the NFL with 48 broken tackles as Mike Davis ranks second in the NFL with 23 missed tackles, while Christian McCaffrey leads the league with only 4.8 touches per broken tackles (min. 5 broken tackles).
  • Carolina is fifth in the league in total yards after the catch (1,084) and is tied for third with three pass plays over 50 yards.
  • Carolina has had eight 13-play drives this season, tied for most in the NFL. It's the most 13-play drives through eight weeks in franchise history and just five shy of the franchise record (13, 2013).
  • After starting the season with 31 fourth-quarter points in the first four games, Carolina has only scored 13 fourth-quarter points in the last four games.
  • The Panthers have forced just one punt in their last two games and have forced only 23 punts all season, the fewest opponent punts through eight weeks in franchise history.

Individual

  • Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater ranks second in completion percentage (71.6) and is eighth with 2,106 passing yards. He's put up significantly better numbers on the road, averaging 292.3 passing yards and a 78.4 completion percentage. His 109.2 passer rating on the road is seventh in the league.
  • Wide receiver Robby Anderson and DJ Moore are the league's top receiving duo with 1,310 combined receiving yards. Anderson ranks third (688) and Moore ranks seventh (622) in individual receiving yards.
  • Wide receiver Curtis Samuel is tied for second with 12 receptions for first downs. He has five career rushing touchdowns, tied for fourth-most among NFL wide receivers during the Super Bowl era.
  • Defensive ends Brian Burns and Marquis Haynes lead the team with three sacks each. All of Burns' sacks have forced fumbles.
  • Linebacker Shaq Thompson and safety Jeremy Chinn are tied for the team lead with 66 tackles, ranking eighth in the NFL.

Chasing Milestones in 2020

  • The Panthers need two wins to reach 200 regular season wins. Dating back to 1995, Carolina is 198-209-1 in the regular season.
  • Samuel needs 19 rushing yards to pass Steve Smith (387) for the most by a wide receiver in Panthers' history.
  • Moore needs 18 receiving yards to pass Mark Carrier (2,547) for sixth place in franchise history.
  • Moore needs four receptions to pass DeAngelo Williams (178) to move into sixth place in franchise history.
  • Linebacker Shaq Thompson needs 22 tackles to pass James Anderson (432) for seventh place in franchise history.
  • Defensive tackle Derrick Brown needs three tackles for loss to tie Star Lotulelei (9) for the most in one season by a Panthers' rookie defensive lineman. Luke Kuechly (12) has the record for all rookies.

Carolina is 2-4 all-time in six meetings with Kansas City through the years.

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