NFL PREVIEW: NEW ORLEANS VS CAROLINA
September 12, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (0-1) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (0-1)
SAINTS: QB DREW BREES has 300 passing yards in 8 games in row, longest streak in NFL history. Has TD pass in 44 consecutive games, 2nd longest streak in NFL history (HOFer JOHNNY UNITAS, 47). Has won 5 in row vs. Car. In last meeting, completed 28 of 35 (80 pct.) for 389 yards with 5 TDs vs. 1 INT for 140.7 rating…RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES had 256 all-purpose yards (91 rush, 69 rec., 54 KR, 42 PR) & rec. TD in 2 meetings last year. Has 91 catches since 2011, most by NFL RB. Had TD catch in Week 1. RB PIERRE THOMAS has 11 TDs (7 rush, 4 rec.) in past 15 vs. division. Is 1 of 4 in team history with 2,500+ rush yards (2,518) & 150+ rec. (167)…In past 3 vs. Car., TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 19 catches for 275 yards (91.7 per game) & 2 TDs. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with 100+ yards or TD. In last game vs. Car., WR MARQUES COLSTON had 7 catches for 145 yards (20.7 avg.) & 2 TDs. WR LANCE MOORE had 6 catches for 120 yards & TD last week…Since entering NFL in 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 17 sacks, most by DB. CB PATRICK ROBINSON aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with INT…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has 16 TDs (10 pass, 6 rush) in 7 career games vs. division. In 4 career Sept. games, has 1,315 pass yards (328.8 per game) & 7 TDs (5 pass, 2 rush)…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has rushed for 581 yards (116.2 per game) & 4 TDs in past 5 meetings. When RB JONATHAN STEWART has 14+ att., Panthers are 18-4 (.818). In those 22, has rushed for 2,022 yards (91.9 per game) & 19 TDs…WR STEVE SMITH aims for 3rd in row vs. NO with TD catch. Has 9 rec. TDs vs. NO, his most vs. single opponent. WR BRANDON LA FELL had 3 catches for 65 yards & TD in Week 1. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 games, incl. 91-yarder on 12/24/11. TE GREG OLSEN had 6 catches for 56 yards last week…Pass defense ranks 2nd in NFL (128.0 per game). DE CHARLES JOHNSON has 17 sacks in past 23. DE GREG HARDY had sack in last home meeting vs. NO. Had sack last week. DT DWAN EDWARDS had sack in Week 1, his 1st game with Panthers.