New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – By the numbers

This Sunday the New Orleans Saints visit the Carolina Panthers in the first NFC South match up of the season. Not surprisingly, the two teams are once again diametrically opposed to one another. New Orleans has the far better statistical offense, while Carolina is superior statistically than New Orleans.

Here is the league wide breakdown through the first two weeks of the 2017 regular season.

Items of Interest

While the New Orleans Saints have the third best offense in the NFL in terms of yards, they do have a week spot that should come into play this Sunday. The Saints are a below average 3rd down efficiency team, ranking 23rd in the league. As it so happens, the Carolina Panthers defense is 4th in the league at stopping teams on 3rd down.

The Saints defense does not rank in the top half of the league in any statistical category.  The Carolina Panthers defense ranks in the top 10 in every category, and top 5 in all categories except rushing yard allowed. The chasm between the defenses is far greater than the offenses of these two teams.

Even though the Saints added running back Adrian Peterson this offseason, their rushing yards per game ranks 28th in the league.

Finally, the Saints defense gives up a whopping 512.5 yards per game, ranking their defense the worst in the entire NFL.

Total Yards Per Game27125th386.53rd
Rushing YPG96.518th70.528th
Rushing YPG2.929th3.719th
Passing Net YPG174.524th3162nd
Sacks Per Pass Play9.50%26th2.30%1st
Sacks Allowed6n/a2n/a
Third Down Efficiency48.30%7th(t)34.80%23rd
Points Per Game1622nd(t)19.516th(t)
Total Yards Per Game196.51st512.532nd
Rushing YPG606th12425th
Rushing YPG3.29th4.119th
Passing Net YPG136.52nd388.532nd
Sacks Per Pass Play10.40%5th4.10%27th
Third Down Efficiency25.00%4th(t)57.70%32nd
Points Per Game31st32.531st


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Jeremy Igo is owner of Carolina Huddle. Based in Charlotte, he has covered the Carolina Panthers for over a decade.