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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 9/24/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




NEW ORLEANS (0 - 2) at CAROLINA (2 - 0)
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Week 3 Sunday, 9/24/2017 1:00 PM
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473NEW ORLEANS4946.5
NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games0-2-20-22-019.59.5386.5(6.4)0.032.523.0512.5(7.8)0.0
Road Games0-1-10-11-019.06.0344.0(5.9)
Last 3 Games0-2-20-22-019.59.5386.5(6.4)0.032.523.0512.5(7.8)0.0
NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)19.59.519.526:4919-70(3.7)27-4165.9%316(7.7)60-386(6.4)(19.8)
Opponents Defensive Avg.26.811.821.830:3324-107(4.4)26-3869.1%304(8)62-411(6.6)(15.4)
Offense Road Games19.06.019.028:4421-60(2.9)27-3773.0%284(7.7)58-344(5.9)(18.1)
Defense (All Games)32.523.026.033:1130-124(4.1)28-3580.3%388(10.9)66-512(7.8)(15.8)
Opponents Offensive Avg.25.216.522.830:2729-116(4)23-3664.1%292(8.1)65-408(6.3)(16.2)
Defense Road Games29.016.023.031:1630-129(4.3)27-3284.4%341(10.7)62-470(7.6)(16.2)
NEW ORLEANS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against00.20.2012-431.9%0-050.0%4-76(21.6)6-2(3.1)9-74
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-757.7%0-00.0%2-54(27)1-5(3.7)7-58
Opponents Avg. Stats For00.20.2 14-644.6%1-00.0%2-52(23.2)8-1(6.2)8-76
Stats Against (Road Games) 14-964.3%0-00.0%4-108(27)2-11(5.5)5-50

CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-0+21-00-216.09.5271.0(4.4)
Home Games1-0+10-00-19.06.0255.0(4.2)
Last 3 Games2-0+21-00-216.09.5271.0(4.4)
Grass Games2-0+21-00-216.09.5271.0(4.4)
CAROLINA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)16.09.519.536:3733-96(2.9)17-2859.6%174(6.1)61-271(4.4)(16.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.17.910.218.733:1829-91(3.2)21-3364.5%196(5.9)62-287(4.6)(16)
Offense Home Games9.06.019.038:5328-77(2.7)20-3262.5%178(5.6)60-255(4.2)(28.3)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.14.54.916.427:4227-119(4.3)19-3062.5%175(5.9)57-294(5.1)(20.3)
Defense Home Games3.00.010.021:0723-69(3)17-2568.0%107(4.3)48-176(3.7)(58.7)
CAROLINA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-325.0%3-016.7%0-0(0)1-5(3.7)7-59
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.31.3 14-536.0%2-030.0%1-27(21.5)19-2(7.6)7-56
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-430.8%2-00.0%0-0(0)2-2(1)5-44
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ORLEANS 26.5,  CAROLINA 14.5
NEW ORLEANS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/11/2017@ MINNESOTA19-29L3L47.5O21-6027-37-284030-12927-32-3410
9/17/2017NEW ENGLAND20-36L5.5L55O17-8127-45-348031-11930-39-4360
9/24/2017@ CAROLINA            
10/1/2017@ MIAMI            
10/22/2017@ GREEN BAY            

CAROLINA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/10/2017@ SAN FRANCISCO23-3W-4W44.5U38-11614-25-171215-5124-35-1662
9/24/2017NEW ORLEANS            
10/1/2017@ NEW ENGLAND            
10/8/2017@ DETROIT            
10/22/2017@ CHICAGO            
NEW ORLEANS: Though he has lost a noticeable amount of arm strength, QB Drew Brees is most prolific when working deep down the middle, where rookie WR Michael Thomas thrived last season. WR Willie Snead is a solid possession receiver, and free agent signee WR Ted Ginn will stretch the defense on deep routes. RBs Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson will lead a power running attack, while Ingram and third-round draft pick Alvin Kamara are assets in the passing game. The Saints' defense has been among the bottom five in points allowed for three-straight seasons. After allowing the second most yards per pass attempt last year, New Orleans drafted CB Marshon Lattimore and S Marcus Williams with their first two draft picks. DE Cameron Jordan was the lone bright spot on defense last season, and 2016 first-rounder DT Sheldon Rankins showed promise after returning from a broken leg.
CAROLINA: Carolina moved away from the power running game that was so effective in 2015, using more three-wide formations and running QB Cam Newton far less often. The offense struggled: Newton regressed as a passer (his 52.9% completion percentage was a career-worst) while receivers rarely created separation. First-round draft pick RB Christian McCaffrey is effective as a power runner and a slot receiver, and second-rounder WR Curtis Samuel is also a moveable chess piece with run-after-catch ability. New coordinator Steve Wilks, a Carolina assistant since 2012, won't be changing a thing about the Panthers' 4-3 scheme. LBs Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson are the most athletic and effective linebacking corps in the league, though Davis is bound to slow down at age 34. The defensive line was too inconsistent last year, and the Panthers' inexperienced secondary was asked to cover for too long on too many plays.
Winless Saints search for answers against Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers made the most of their limited offense through two games.

They might need more to defeat a New Orleans Saints team that often has good production against the Panthers.

The teams will meet Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium in the first NFC South matchup for each this season.

The game is more critical for the Saints (0-2), who stumbled against the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots.

"These guys are grown men, and they understand the sense of urgency we have to play with and we have to practice with now starting with two losses," New Orleans coach Sean Payton said.

The Panthers (2-0) haven't allowed a touchdown through two games, but they are waiting for their offense to click with more regularity. A 9-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills last Sunday was the result of three field goals.

"We've still given ourselves an opportunity," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. "It's tough to win in the league when all you do is kick field goals."

The Panthers will try to pick up the production without All-Pro tight end Greg Olsen, who will be out for at least a couple of months after surgery for a broken right foot he sustained last weekend. That likely moves Ed Dickson into the role as the primary tight end.

Quarterback Cam Newton said Dickson won't hurt the offense. Instead, Newton is calling on himself to be more efficient after two games in which he misfired toward some open receivers.

"I just have to personally challenge myself that I have to be better and I will be better," Newton said.

The Panthers, though, are working through some snags with two victories to their credit. That makes it easier.

"I think with our veteran leadership, that is key," Newton said. "Offensively, guys believing in the plan and trusting in this whole process. We know everything is (not going) to be a walk in the park."

Dickson has been Olsen's backup, making him well known to Saints linebacker A.J. Klein, who is in his first season after playing as a backup with the Panthers.

"I think Ed is overlooked when it comes to tight ends," Klein said. "Ed is a big, strong guy and has better speed than most people think."

Newton has been quick to endorse Dickson as well.

"He's a diamond in the rough," Newton said. "I don't want to put too much on Ed, but he has been making plays for us -- very subtle over the years. That's why he has been somewhat of our unsung hero."

The Saints could use a hero of any sorts after a ragged beginning to the season.

"(Carolina) is a team that's playing with a lot of confidence," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said, "but we're just waiting to break the seal. I feel like it can be this week. I hope it's this week."

Klein, who played behind Luke Kuechly with Carolina, said the Saints are capable of doing better. He said he can't be distracted by the return to the stadium he previously called home.

If nothing else, it's time for the Saints to make sure the Panthers' offense doesn't unload.

"Going to Carolina, we have challenge ahead of us," Klein said. "I can't sit here and sugarcoat stuff. We're just a step behind. All the pieces are there. Early adversity, it's what you do with it."

The Saints also have former Carolina receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on their roster.

Carolina had never gone through the first two games of a season without allowing a touchdown, but keeping Brees in check won't likely be as easy as it was subduing offenses from San Francisco and Buffalo.

Payton said part of the solution for New Orleans might be not relying so much on Brees by producing more on the ground.

"It has been an emphasis of ours," Payton said. "There were yards left out there."

The Panthers could be without center Ryan Kalil for a second week in a row. He was a game-day scratch from the starting lineup last week, and his practice activity has been limited at best since then because of a sore neck. He was already coming off offseason shoulder surgery.

Carolina wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin missed midweek practice with a knee injury, but there were no further indications that he would be held out of the game.

Last Updated: 7/22/2018 10:58:24 PM EST

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