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Panthers & Saints Capsule: Stats & Highlights Previewing #SNF

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CAROLINA (9-3) at NEW ORLEANS (9-3)

Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE — Saints by 3 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Carolina 8-4, New Orleans 6-5-1

SERIES RECORD — Panthers lead 19-17

LAST MEETING —Panthers beat Saints 44-38, Dec. 30, 2012

LAST WEEK —Panthers beat Buccaneers 27-6; Saints lost to Seahawks 34-7

AP PRO32 RANKING —Panthers No. 3 (tie), Saints No. 5

PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (9), PASS (27)

PANTHERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (2), PASS (6)

SAINTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (23), PASS (3)

SAINTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (8), RUSH (16), PASS (4)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Winner will be alone in first place in NFC South with three regular-season games left, but meeting is also first of two this month. … Both teams were 7-9 last season. … Panthers have won club-record eight straight. … Panthers QB Cam Newton has won last two starts against New Orleans. …WR Steve Smith has 100-plus yards receiving or TD in three of past four vs. Saints. … TE Greg Olsen has TD in four of past six games. . Panthers lead NFL in fewest points allowed, 13.1 per game. DE Greg Hardy has 16 sacks in his past 21 games. … Since entering league in 2012, LB Luke Kuechly leads NFL with 266 tackles. He was 2012 Defensive Rookie of Year. … Saints have won all six of their games at home. … Last week at Seattle, Saints’ seven points and 188 total yards were fewest in either category since Sean Payton became coach and Drew Brees became QB in 2006. … In Superdome this season, Brees has completed 175 of 238 passes (73.5 percent) for 2,141 yards, 19 TDs and three INTs. … Jimmy Graham has six 100-yard receiving games this season, tied for most in season by TE in NFL history. … DE Cameron Jordan has 9 1/2 sacks in past 11 matches.

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