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How does Atlanta and Carolina rank offensively?

Here is how the Panthers and Falcons rank offensively heading into Sunday's game in Charlotte.

NFL RANKS

Total Offense
Atlanta – 5th – 386.7 yards per game
Carolina – 14th – 361.1 yards per game

Passing Offense
Atlanta – 6th – 277.9 yards per game
Carolina – 27th – 219.2 yards per game

Rushing Offense
Atlanta – 16th – 108.8 yards per game
Carolina – 3rd – 141.9 yards per game

Scoring Offense
Atlanta – 14th – 23.2 points per game
Carolina – 3rd – 31.1 points per game

Passing Yards
Atlanta – Matt Ryan – 6th – 290.1 yards per game
Carolina – Cam Newton – 31st – 233.1 yards per game

Touchdown Passes
Atlanta – Matt Ryan – T17th - 17
Carolina – Cam Newton – T6th – 25

Completion Percentage
Atlanta – Matt Ryan – 21st – 66%
Carolina – Cam Newton – 53rd – 58.4%

Interceptions
Atlanta – Matt Ryan – T2nd - 13
Carolina – Cam Newton – T11th - 10

Sacks Allowed
Atlanta – 12th - 23
Carolina – 10th – 22

Rushing Yards
Atlanta – Devonta Freeman – 8th - 811
Carolina – Jonathan Stewart – 3rd – 914
Carolina – Cam Newton – 29th - 476  

Receiving Yards
Atlanta – Julio Jones – 1st – 1338 yards
Carolina – Greg Olsen – 13th – 917 yards

Seeing that Olsen, a tight end, is Carolina’s leading receiving is a concern. The Falcons have had issues for years covering tight ends. That is perhaps the most telling statistic that is important to remember going into the game.

Obviously, Cam Newton’s efficiency and his standing as a dual-threat is important in his success. But you can’t discount Jonathan Stewart’s contribution as the league’s third-leading rusher. Also, Devonta Freeman’s injury and Atlanta’s drop in production from the running game has been an issue as the Falcons have fallen apart.

 

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