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Stats You Need To Know: Saints-Panthers features NFL's top rusher and receiver

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The Carolina Panthers (5-5) travel to New Orleans (8-2) for a Week 12 divisional matchup.

Matchup Stats

  • The Panthers will play the Saints for the 50th meeting all-time, the most against any Panthers opponent. Carolina holds a 25-24 edge in the all-time series as the two teams have met at least twice a year in every season since 1995.
  • The Saints have won five of the last seven meetings, with Carolina winning six of the previous eight meetings before that. The two teams have combined to win for five of the last six NFC south titles.
  • Carolina still ranks 10th in the NFL with 126.0 rushing yards per game and second with 5.1 rushing . The Panthers have ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in rushing in seven of the last eight seasons, dating back to 2011.
  • The Panthers tie for the NFL lead with 39 sacks. With the franchise record at 60, Carolina must average 3.3 sacks per game for the rest of the year to break the franchise record.
  • New Orleans' defense is one of the top units in the NFL, especially against the run. The Saints allow just 85.3 yards per game on the ground, ranking third in the league. The Saints also protect the quarterback, allowing just 19 sacks this year, tied for sixth in the league.
  • In his last 10 home games against Carolina, Drew Brees has averaged 334.0 passing yards with a 105.8 passer rating and 28 passing touchdowns.
  • Michael Thomas leads the NFL with 94 receptions and 1,141 receiving yards to go with five touchdowns. Thomas and Carolina's DJ Moore are the only two NFC receivers with at least seven catches in six or more games in 2019.
Table inside Article
Category Panthers Saints
Offense
Total Yards/Game 346.6 (18th) 364.0 (14th)
Rushing Yards/Game 126.0 (10th) 107.5 (17th)
Passing Yards/Game 249.5 (18th) 271.4 (11th)
Sacks Allowed 34 (t-25th) 19 (t-6th)
Third Down Efficiency 30.7 (28th) 44.2 (8th)
Points/Game 22.8 (15th) 23.8 (13th)
Defense
Total Yards/Game 362.0 (19th) 318.3 (6th)
Rushing Yards/Game 128.4 (27th) 85.3 (3rd)
Passing Yards/Game 233.6 (14th) 233.0 (13th)
Sacks 39 (t-1st) 27 (t-12th)
Third Down Efficiency 41.4 (22nd) 33.6 (5th)
Points/Game 25.7 (25th) 19.9 (12th)

Individual Stats

  • Last Sunday, Christian McCaffrey set a number of NFL records. He became the first player in NFL history with 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the first 10 games of a season. He passed LaDainian Tomlinson's record for the most receptions by a running back (246) in the first three seasons of an NFL season.
  • McCaffrey leads the NFL with 1,576 scrimmage yards and 1,059 rushing yards. He is tied for first with 14 total touchdowns and second among running backs with 59 receptions.
  • Over the last three weeks, DJ Moore leads the NFL with 24 receptions and is second with 316 receiving yards.
  • Greg Olsen ranks ninth among tight ends with 40 receptions and eighth with 486 receiving yards.
  • Kyle Allen has recorded consecutive games of 300+ passing yards, tying the Panthers franchise high.
  • Luke Kuechly is tied for sixth in the NFL with 90 tackles.
  • James Bradberry and Donte Jackson are tied for fifth in the league with three interceptions each.

The Panthers lead the all-time series against the Saints, 25-24. Carolina has played New Orleans more than any other team in its history.

Milestones to Watch

  • Christian McCaffrey needs 84 receiving yards to pass Roger Craig (2,118) for the most receiving yards by a running back through the first three seasons of a career.
  • McCaffrey needs one receiving TD to join Chuck Foreman (1973-75) as the only NFL players with 20 rushing TDs and 15 receiving TDs in the first three seasons of a career.
  • McCaffrey needs 457 rushing yards to eclipse DeAngelo Williams' franchise record (1,515, 2008) for rushing yards in a season.
  • McCaffrey is 390 scrimmage yards away from breaking his own franchise record (1,965) which he set last season. With 424 scrimmage yards and 41 receptions, he would become the second player in NFL history with 100+ receptions and 2,000+ scrimmage yards.
  • Luke Kuechly needs 10 tackles for his eighth consecutive season with at least 100 tackles. He would become the fifth NFL player since individual tackles were recorded with eight straight 100-tackle seasons.

View photos from Wednesday's practice as Carolina prepares to take on New Orleans in Week 12.

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