NFL Capsule: Panthers at Saints

The Associated Press Published:

CAROLINA (6-9) At NEW ORLEANS (7-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE -- Saints by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Carolina 8-7; New Orleans 8-7

SERIES RECORD -- Panthers lead 18-17

AP PRO32 RANKING -- Panthers No. 20; Saints No. 16

LAST MEETING -- Panthers beat Saints 35-27, Sept. 16

LAST WEEK -- Panthers beat Raiders 17-6; Saints beat Cowboys 34-31 OT

PANTHERS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (17), RUSH (10), PASS (17)

PANTHERS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (8), RUSH (15), PASS (8)

SAINTS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (3), RUSH (24), PASS (2)

SAINTS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (32), RUSH (29), PASS (31)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Saints have won five of last seven games in series. ... Panthers have won three straight. ... Carolina QB Cam Newton has 11 TDs and one INT in last six games. ... WR Steve Smith has 22 catches for 331 yards (82.8 per game) and three TDs in past four games and concluding seventh season with 1,000 yards receiving. ... DE Greg Hardy has nine sacks in last nine games. ... DE Charles Johnson has 10½ sacks in last 12 games. ... Rookie LB Luke Kuechly leads Panthers with 152 tackles and had second career INT last week. ... Saints QB Drew Brees had 446 yards and three TDs last week. ... Brees has 4,781 yards passing, making him first NFL QB with three consecutive 4,500-yard seasons. Brees needs 219 yards to be first in NFL with three 5,000-yard seasons. ... Saints' last-ranked defense has given up 6,512 yards, 281 yards short of record 6,793 allowed by 1981 Baltimore Colts, a team on which Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt served as third-year assistant. ... WR Marques Colston has 527 career catches and needs six more to pass Eric Martin as Saints all-time receptions leader. ... Last week, Colston had 10 catches for 153 yards, surpassing 1,000 yards receiving in a season for the sixth time in his seven-year career. ... WR Joseph Morgan averaging 41.2 yards per catch (nine catches, 371 yards, three TDs). DE Cameron Jordan, in second season, leads Saints with eight sacks. ... New Orleans has two players with 100 or more tackles: LB Curtis Lofton (118) and S Roman Harper (109).

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