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Panthers vs. Lions Game Preview

DJ Moore

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History: Panthers vs. Lions

  • Carolina is 6-3 all-time against Detroit.
  • The Panthers have gone 4-1 at home against the Lions, with the last win coming in 2014.
  • Current Streak: Lions W1
  • Last matchup: Detroit won, 20-19, in 2018 when Carolina came up short on a two-point conversion in the final seconds.

Notable Connections


  • Defensive coordinator Phil Snow coached linebackers for Detroit from 2005-08.
  • Linebacker Tahir Whitehead was drafted by the Lions in 2012 and played there through 2015.
Detroit Lions

Detroit has been up and down this season with a last-second win over Washington last week after two tough losses to Indianapolis and Minnesota.

The Lions' receiving corps is banged up with Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola both dealing with hip issues, but Marvin Jones and tight end T.J. Hockenson continue to produce for an offense that averages 258.9 passing yards per game (12th in the NFL).

The Lions' defense has been gashed at times against the run. They rank 30th with 141.6 rushing yards allowed, although a big chunk of that came at the hands of Minnesota's Dalvin Cook (204 rush yards) in Week 9.

The Lions have allowed 29.7 points per game, ranking 29th.

Table inside Article
Category Panthers Lions
Total Yards/Game 351.0 (21st) 360.4. (17th)
Rushing Yards/Game 105.4 (22nd) 101.6 (25th)
Net Passing Yards/Game 245.6 (17th) 258.9 (12th)
Sacks Allowed 21 (18th) 22 (19th)
Third Down Efficiency 41.4 (20th) 41.1 (21st)
Points/Game 23.3 (21st) 25.2 (16th)
Total Yards/Game 380.0 (22nd) 400.0 (27th)
Rushing Yards/Game 124.5 (20th) 141.6 (30th)
Net Passing Yards/Game 255.5 (22nd) 258.4 (24th)
Sacks 11 (t-27th) 13 (t-25th)
Third Down Efficiency 55.3 (32nd) 47.8 (26th)
Turnover Margin +3 (t-9th) -1 (21st)
Points Allowed/Game 27.2 (21st) 29.7 (29th)

Stat Nuggets To Know


  • Over the last four games, the Panthers have scored touchdowns on all nine of their red-zone trips for a league-best 100 percent touchdown percentage. Carolina went from ranking 28th to 17th in red-zone efficiency over the last month.
  • Last week, the Panthers had two three-and-out drives. But they have just nine three-and-out drives on the season, the fewest in the NFL and on pace to break the franchise record of 32 (2000).
  • Carolina has had nine drives of 13-plus plays this season, tied for first in the NFL.
  • The Panthers are the only team with two players over 700-plus receiving yards this season (Robby Anderson, DJ Moore).
  • The Panthers have forced just two punts over their last four games. On the season, Carolina has forced 24 punts, ranking 30th in the NFL.
  • Carolina ranks third with 66 points scored in the first quarter. Conversely, they rank 31st with 24 points scored in the third quarter.


  • Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has posted six games with at least 250 yards passing this season, tied for seventh-most in the NFL.
  • Moore ranks sixth in franchise history with 181 career receptions. Moore leads all players from the 2018 class in receiving yards (2,699) and receptions (181).
  • Anderson is currently fifth in the NFL with 772 receiving yards and 64 receptions.
  • Wide receiver Curtis Samuel ranks fourth with 19 receptions on third down.
  • Running back Mike Davis is tied for the lead league with 25 broken tackles. Since broken tackles were first categorized in 2015, Christian McCaffrey holds the Panthers' season-high (30, 2019).
  • Defensive end Brian Burns leads the Panthers in sacks (4.0), forced fumbles (3), pressures (25) and QB hits (12). He is fourth among NFL defensive ends with 22 solo tackles.
  • Linebacker Shaq Thompson leads the Panthers with 80 tackles, ranking eighth in the league.

Chasing Milestones in 2020

  • The Panthers need two wins to reach 200 regular season wins. Dating back to 1995, Carolina is 198-211-1 in the regular season.
  • Samuel needs two rushing yards to pass Steve Smith (387) for the most by a wide receiver in Panthers' history.
  • Linebacker Shaq Thompson needs eight tackles to pass James Anderson (432) for seventh place in franchise history.
  • Defensive tackle Derrick Brown needs four tackles for loss to pass Star Lotulelei (9) for the most by a Panthers' rookie defensive lineman. Former linebacker Luke Kuechly (12) has the record for all rookies.

Carolina leads the all-time series with Detroit, 7-3.

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