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OPENING LINE — Saints by 8

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Panthers 5-5, Saints 7-3

SERIES RECORD — Panthers lead 25-24

LAST MEETING — Panthers beat Saints 33-14, Dec. 30, 2018

LAST WEEK — Panthers lost to Falcons 29-3; Saints beat Buccaneers 34-17

AP PRO32 RANKING — Panthers No. 16, Saints No. 6





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Matchup involves top two teams in NFC South standings, with Saints holding three-game lead over Panthers. ... Both coaches in matchup have .500 record with current team vs. opposing franchise: Ron Rivera is 8-8 vs. Saints, Sean Payton is 12-12 vs. Panthers. ... Carolina QB Kyle Allen had career-high 325 passing yards last week but also had four INTs. ... Allen accounted for three TDs (two passing, one rush) with an INT in last meeting. ... RB Christian McCaffrey had 191 scrimmage yards (121 receiving, 70 rushing), 11 receptions last week. McCaffrey has seven career games with 10-plus catches, most by RB in NFL history. ... McCaffrey is first NFL player with at least 1,000 yards rushing, 500 yards receiving in team’s first 10 games of season. He’s eclipsed 140 scrimmage yards in each of past four games. ... WR D.J. Moore had eight receptions for 95 yards last week. Moore has seven-plus catches, 90-plus yards in three straight. ... Moore is one of two NFC WRs, along with Saints’ Michael Thomas, with at least seven receptions in at least six games this season. ... Carolina WR Curtis Samuel has four TDs (three receiving, one rushing) in his past five. ... TE Greg Olsen has 37 catches for 462 yards, three TDs, in his past five vs. Saints. ... LB Luke Kuechly needs 10 tackles for eighth consecutive season with 100-plus tackles. LB/DE Mario Addison had sack, forced fumble last week. ... DT Gerald McCoy had sack last week. ... DT Vernon Butler has four sacks, three forced fumbles in past four road games. ... CB Donte Jackson has six passes defended, three INTs in past five. ... Thomas had eight catches for 114 yards, TD receiving last week. He leads NFL with 94 receptions, most by player in first 10 games of season in NFL history. Thomas is first player in NFL history with 90-plus receptions in each of first four seasons. Thomas has eclipsed 10 receptions, 100 yards in each of past three home games. ... Thomas has 89 or more yards receiving in nine of 10 games this season. ... Saints QB Drew Brees passed for 228 yards, three TDs without interception last week. ... DE Cameron Jordan had 1 ½ sacks in Week 11. He has 9 ½ sacks this season and 7 ½ sacks in his past six games. His 34 ½ sacks since 2017 are third most in NFL. ... LB Demario Davis had career-high four passes defended, second career INT last week. ... S Vonn Bell had first INT of season in Week 11. Bell is only player in 2019 with at least four fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. ... S Marcus Williams had 55-yard INT for TD last week, his first career TD. ... Williams’ four picks tied for NFC lead in 2019. ... P Thomas Morstead has 42.2 net punting average, eight best in NFL. ... Fantasy tip: Saints could turn to running game against Panthers’ 27th-ranked rush defense. That could mean lots of action for RB Alvin Kamara, as well as power rusher Latavius Murray, who has 10 or more carries in three of past four games. Panthers receivers also should be active with Saints defense ranking third against run.


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