Statistical Breakdown: How the Saints and Panthers stack up before Week 3 game

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The New Orleans Saints (1-1) have built a reputation as road warriors, and they’ll be looking to lean on the style of play that’s helped them grind out so many wins away from the Caesars Superdome in Sunday’s game with the Carolina Panthers (0-2) on Sunday. Week 3 carries big ramifications for both NFC South teams.

Both squads need a win in the worst way. The Saints offense has played seven rough quarters of football against one heroic effort in the season opener, and their loss at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0) last week stings. Carolina has lost each of their first two games this season, and they’re riding a nine-game losing streak that stretches back to last year. Here’s how the Saints and Panthers stack up statistically ahead of Sunday’s matchup:

Scoring Offense

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Panthers: 20.0 points per game (Tied-17th)

Saints: 18.5 points per game (Tied-20th)

Passing Offense

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Panthers: 168.0 passing yards per game (30th)

Saints: 221.0 passing yards per game (18th)

Rushing Offense

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Panthers: 100.0 rushing yards per game (20th)

Saints: 125.5 rushing yards per game (10th)

Total Offense

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Panthers: 5.2 yards per play (20th), 268.0 yards per game (29th)

Saints: 5.6 yards per play (9th), 346.5 yards per game (18th)

First Downs

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Panthers: 16.5 first downs per game (27th)

Saints: 18 first downs per game (24th)

Third Downs and Red Zone

 

Panthers: 6-of-

Saints: 8-of-26 on third downs (30.8%, 25th) and 4-of-5 in the red zone (80.0%,Tied-4th)

Penalties

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Panthers: 13 penalties against (13th) for 134 yards (8th)

Saints: 17 penalties against (4th) for 159 yards (4th)

Turnover Margin

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Panthers: -3 turnover margin (Tied-26th)

Saints: -3 turnover margin (Tied-26th)

Sacks Allowed

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Panthers: 6 sacks (23rd), sack rate of 9.7% (27th)

Saints: 10 sacks (31st), sack rate of 11.9% (29th)

Scoring Defense

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Panthers: 22.5 points per game (Tied-17th)

Saints: 23.0 points allowed per game (Tied-20th)

Passing Defense

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Panthers: 150.0 passing yards allowed per game (3rd)

Saints: 201.5 passing yards allowed per game (11th)

Rushing Defense

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Panthers: 160 rushing yards allowed per game (28th)

Saints: 136.5 rushing yards allowed per game (22nd)

Total Defense

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Panthers: 4.3 yards per play allowed (4th), 310.0 yards per game allowed (9th)

Saints: 5.0 yards per play allowed (9th), 338.0 yards per game allowed (16th)

Sacks and Pressure

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Panthers: 4 sacks (Tied-19th), 23.5% pressure rate (18th)

Saints: 1 sack (Tied-30th), 8.3% pressure rate (32nd)

Third Downs and Red Zone Against

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Panthers: 14-of-36 on third down (38.9%, Tied-18th), 2-of-7 in red zone (28.6%, Tied-6th)

Saints: 10-of-30 on third down (33.3%, Tied-8th), 2-of-5 in red zone (40.0%, Tied-6th)

Story originally appeared on Saints Wire