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Stats You Need To Know: How will defenses stack up against the run?

The Carolina Panthers (5-3) travel to Green Bay (7-2) to take on the Packers at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 10.

Matchup Stats

  • The Panthers are 6-9 all-time against the Green Bay Packers, winning the most recent two games in the series at home. Carolina is 2-3 all-time at Lambeau Field, most recently winning in 2008 on a late-game leaping catch by Steve Smith.
  • Carolina has leaned heavily on its ability to create takeaways. The Panthers now have five games with three or more takeaways, tallying 19 on the year which is tied for third in the league. However, the Packers only have seven giveaways this season, third-fewest in the league.
  • The Panthers have helped create turnovers by putting pressure on the quarterback. Carolina has a league-leading 34 sacks which is on pace to break the franchise record of 60. The Packers have allowed 20 sacks, ranking in the middle of the league.
  • Green Bay is one of the top teams in the NFC despite not ranking in the NFL's top 10 in a major statistical category. The Packers passing offense ranks 11th with 276.1 passing yards per game.
  • Both team's rush defenses have struggled with Carolina allowing 133.4 yards on the ground (26th) and the Packers allowing 127.7 rushing yards (24th). Carolina could be primed to take advantage as the Panthers rank seventh in the NFL with 132.9 rushing yards per game.
  • Aaron Rodgers is fifth in the NFL with 2,485 passing yards with 17 passing touchdowns against just two interceptions. His passer rating of 104.4 ranks seventh in the NFL.
  • Sunday's game is forecasted to be in the lower teens in terms of temperature. The coldest Panthers game on record was the 1996 NFC Championship game in Green Bay with a game temperature of 3 degrees.
Table inside Article
Category Panthers Titans
Total Yards/Game 339.8 (22nd) 352.4 (17th)
Rushing Yards/Game 132.9 (7th) 95.3 (22nd)
Passing Yards/Game 232.9 (22nd) 276.1 (11th)
Sacks Allowed 26 (t-23rd) 20 (t-14th)
Third Down Efficiency 32.0 (27th) 36.5 (22nd)
Points/Game 26.1 (10th) 25.1 (13th)
Total Yards/Game 360.4 (19th) 382.9 (26th)
Rushing Yards/Game 133.4 (26th) 127.7 (24th)
Passing Yards/Game 227.0 (9th) 255.2 (21st)
Sacks 34 (1st) 22 (t-15th)
Third Down Efficiency 41.0 (19th) 40.6 (18th)
Points/Game 25.5 (21st) 21.0 (t-11th)

Individual Stats

  • Christian McCaffrey leads the NFL in scrimmage yards (1,244), is second in rushing yards (881), first in total TDs (13) and third in receptions by a running back (42). He made NFL history with his sixth game of over 150 scrimmage yards on Sunday, joining Jim Brown and Matt Forte as the only players with six in their first eight games.
  • McCaffrey leads the NFL with three touchdown runs over 50 yards. That is tied with the franchise record held by DeAngelo Williams (2008).
  • Curtis Samuel now has 11 career touchdowns (eight receiving, three rushing) through his first three seasons. Since 2000, Samuel has the third-most total touchdowns of any wide receiver with 85 or fewer receptions.
  • Luke Kuechly ranks third in the NFL with 9.8 tackles per game. Kuechly ranks fourth in career tackles among all active NFL players, and since 2012 leads all linebackers in tackles (1,026), interceptions (18) and pass deflections (61).
  • Eric Reid and Shaq Thompson are two of only three players in the NFL with at least three sacks and 50 total tackles. Thompson has 69 tackles with seven tackles for loss, while Reid has 56 tackles and four tackles for loss.

Milestones to Watch

  • With 156 scrimmage yards on Sunday, McCaffrey would become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 1,400 scrimmage yards in their team's first nine games of a season, joining JIM BROWN (1,529 in 1963) and O.J. SIMPSON (1,518 in 1975), as well as LARRY BROWN (1,405 in 1972). 
  • McCaffrey needs 119 receiving yards to reach 2,000 in his career. He would join Herschel Walker as the only players with 2,000 rushing and receiving yards in the first 41 games of their careers.
  • McCaffrey needs 119 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the season. He would become the second player in franchise history (Stephen Davis, 2003) with 1,000 rushing yards in the first nine games of a season.
  • McCaffrey needs one rushing touchdown for his seventh consecutive game with at least one rushing touchdown. McCaffrey has the longest active rushing TD streak in the NFL and currently has the second-longest rushing TD streak in franchise history. The Panthers record is eight games, set by DeAngelo Williams in 2008.

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