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 Game||271||25th||386.5||3rd|
|Passing Net YPG||174.5||24th||316||2nd|
|Sacks Per Pass Play||9.50%||26th||2.30%||1st|
|Third Down Efficiency||48.30%||7th(t)||34.80%||23rd|
|Points Per Game||16||22nd(t)||19.5||16th(t)|
|Total Yards Per Game||196.5||1st||512.5||32nd|
|Passing Net YPG||136.5||2nd||388.5||32nd|
|Sacks Per Pass Play||10.40%||5th||4.10%||27th|
|Third Down Efficiency||25.00%||4th(t)||57.70%||32nd|
|Points Per Game||3||1st||32.5||31st|
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