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Week 5 Game Preview: Panthers at Lions

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CHARLOTTE – The Panthers (0-4, 0-2 NFC South) are on the road in Week 5.

Carolina plays the Detroit Lions (3-1, 1-0 NFC North) at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at Ford Field.

Scroll below for more information on the matchup, series history, and stats comparison.

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History: Panthers vs. Lions

  • Carolina and Detroit have played 11 times. The Panthers lead the series 8-3. | Series history
  • The Panthers won their last matchup with the Lions, 37-23, at Bank of America Stadium in 2022.
  • The series is tied, 2-2, when played at Detroit in the regular season.

Statistical Comparison

Table inside Article
Category Carolina Detroit Lions
Offense
Total Yards Per Game 282.5 (25th) 386.3 (3rd)
Rushing Yards Per Game 95.3 (22nd) 136.5 (10th)
Rushing Yards Per Attempt 4.0 (21st) 4.0 (19th)
Passing Net Yards Per Game 187.3 (23rd) 249.8 (8th)
Sacks Allowed 14 (25th) 5 (t-3rd)
Third Down Efficiency 39.3 (13th) 38.6 (17th)
Points Per Game 15.0 (26th) 24.8 (7th)
Defense
Total Yards Allowed Per Game 313.0 (14th) 280.5 (4th)
Rushing Yards Per Game 136.3 (27th) 60.8 (1st)
Rushing Yards Per Attempt 4.7 (29th) 3.0 (2nd)
Passing Net Yards Per Game 176.8 (6th) 219.8 (18th)
Sacks 12 (t-11th) 13 (t-7th)
Takeaways 4 (t-20th) 4 (t-20th)
Third Down Efficiency 27.7 (3rd) 34.0 (11th)
Points Allowed Per Game 25.5 (t-25th) 20.8 (13th)

Statistical milestones to watch in 2023

  • Outside linebacker Brian Burns (41.0) needs one sack to pass Kevin Greene (41.5) for fifth all-time in Panther history.
  • Burns (48) needs two tackles for loss to pass Mario Addison (49) for sixth all-time in Panther history.
  • Outside linebacker Justin Houston (112.0) needs 1.5 sacks to pass Sean Jones (113.0) for 25th all-time in league history.
  • Houston (131) needs two tackles for loss to pass Michael Bennett (132) for eighth all-time in league history.
  • Wide receiver Adam Thielen (561) needs 39 receptions to become the fifth undrafted player in the common draft era with at least 600 career receptions.
  • Defensive end Derrick Brown (165) needs six total tackles to pass Brentson Buckner (170) for ninth all-time in Panther history for defensive linemen.
  • Punter Johnny Hekker (337) needs six punts downed inside the 20-yard line to pass Brad Maynard (342) for eighth all-time in league history.
  • Tackle Taylor Moton has played in 102 consecutive games and counting as a Carolina Panther. His streak ranks fourth in franchise history.

Matchup notes

  • Carolina hits the road in Week 5, traveling to take on the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions. This will mark the Panthers' second of four matchups against NFC North opponents. Carolina has a 20-23 mark against the NFC North in its team history.
  • This will mark the 12th matchup between the Panthers and Lions with Carolina leading the series 8-3. The series in Detroit is even at 2-2.
  • The last game between Carolina and Detroit was Dec. 24, 2022, at Bank of America Stadium, and resulted in a 37-23 Panthers win. Carolina set franchise records with 570 yards of total offense and 320 yards rushing.
  • The Lions enter the week looking for their third consecutive victory after defeating the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football, 34-20.
  • Carolina enters the week with an 0-4 record after falling to the Minnesota Vikings, 21-13, in Week 4.

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

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