New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
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The Carolina Panthers come into this game having lost five straight after a 6-2 start. That being said, Carolina still owns a 5-1 home record.
Carolina is 2-5 in games decided by seven points or fewer this season.
The Saints are 6-1 on the road and 11-2 overall. A loss would drop them into a tie with the Rams for the best record in the NFC.
New Orleans’ offense has slowed down significantly of late, scoring just 38 points combined in the last two weeks.
The defense, on the other hand, has picked up the slack, allowing 17 points or fewer in each of the last five games.
Drew Brees has thrown 31 touchdowns this season against just four interceptions.
New Orleans has allowed the second fewest rushing yards per attempt in the NFL this season, behind only the Texans.
Carolina’s rush defense ranks 10th in yards allowed per attempt.
Chandler Catanzaro will kick for Carolina for the second straight week while Graham Gano deals with a knee injury. Catanzaro made both of this field goal attempts and both of his extra-point attempts last week.
The Saints won all three games against the Panthers last season, including in the playoffs.
The Saints rank eighth in the NFL with 393 rushing attempts, and their 422 passing attempts rank 29th.
The Panthers rank 23rd in the NFL with 331 rushing attempts. They have thrown the ball 446 times this season, good for 25th.
Alvin Kamara has at least 11 rushing attempts in eight consecutive games, and he has at least five receptions in each of his last two games. Kamara has 15 touchdowns this season, but he has not found the end zone since Week 11.
Mark Ingram has at least 11 carries in seven of his nine games this season. He scored his sixth touchdown of the season last week, but he has had fewer than 70 yards from scrimmage in each of his last three games.
Kamara and Michael Thomas are the only Saints with more than 40 targets this season. Drew Brees has spread the ball around, especially in the end zone. He has thrown a touchdown to 15 different receivers this season, and nine of those receivers have multiple touchdowns.
Thomas leads the Saints with eight touchdowns while Kamara and Tre'Quan Smith both have four.
Cam Newton hasn’t spread the ball to as many receivers as Drew Brees , but he hasn’t focused in on one target the way Brees has with Michael Thomas , Devin Funchess leads the wide receivers with 74 targets, with D.J. Moore close behind with 64.
Moore has at least four receptions and 44 yards in four consecutive games. However, he has found the end zone just twice all season.