Week 7: Panthers at Packers

We take our first look at Sunday's game, with statistical leaders and notes on each of these NFC contenders

Panthers (3-2-1) at Packers (4-2)

LAST GAME — 9/18/11: Packers 30 at Panthers 23. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers throws for 308 yards and 2 TDs. Packers WR Jordy Nelson catches 84-yard TD with 2:14 remaining.

LAST GAME AT SITE — 11/30/08: Panthers 35, Packers 31. Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams rushes for 72 yards and 4 TDs. Panthers LB Jon Beason has 11 tackles and INT.

BROADCAST: FOX (Noon): Sam Rosen, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (Car.), 84 (GB). XM: 230 (GB).

PANTHERS NOTES: In only meeting, QB Cam Newton passed for 432 yards and had pass and rush TD. Newton (2) and Peyton Manning (3) are only active QBs with 2-plus games with 400-plus pass yards, pass TD and rush TD. Last week, passed for 284 yards with 2 TDs and rushed for 107 yards with TD…RB Fozzy Whittaker had rush TD last week. In last game vs. Green Bay, RB Jonathan Stewart had career-high 8 catches and 100 receiving yards…TE Greg Olsen had TD last week and leads team with 5 TDs, his 7th consecutive season with 5-plus TDs. WR Kelvin Benjamin leads NFL rookies with 416 receiving yards and 4 receiving TDs. Had TD last week. WR Jerricho Cotchery has 89- and 99-yard receiving games in 3 career meetings. WR Jason Avant had 7 catches for 93 yards and TD (24 yards) in Jan. 9, 2011, wild card game vs. Green Bay (with Phi.)…Since entering NFL in 2012, LB Luke Kuechly leads league with 394 tackles. DE Charles Johnson had sack in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Green Bay with sack or fumble recovery. S Roman Harper aims for 3rd in row with INT. Ties for NFL lead with 3 INTs.

PACKERS NOTES: QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 308 yards, 2 TDs and 119.9 rating in last meeting. Leads NFC with 111.4 rating and 15 TDs. Is only player in NFL history with 15 TDs and 1 or 0 INTs in first 6 team games…RB Eddie Lacy has 3 rush TDs in past 3. RB James Starks rushed for 85 yards on 9 attempts for 9.4 average in last meeting…WR-PR Randall Cobb leads NFC with 7 receiving TDs. Has TD in 5 of 6 games in 2014. WR JORDY NELSON leads NFL with 632 receiving yards and is 2nd among WRs with 43 catches. Has 5 TDs in past 5. Since 2011, Nelson is 1 of 2 in NFL with 3,000-plus yards (3,954), 30-plus receiving TDs (35) and 16-plus avg. (16.1). Had 84-yard TD catch in last meeting, 1 of 5 career 75-plus yard receiving TDs…LB Julius Peppers was No. 2 overall pick by Car. in 2002. Played 8 season for Car. and had franchise-record 81 sacks and 30 FFs. Only player in NFL history with 100-plus sacks (120) and 10-plus INTs (10). LB Clay Matthews had sack in last meeting. Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB Tramon Williams ties for 1st in NFL with 20 INTs and CB Sam Shields is 4th with 19 INTs.

STATPANTHERSPACKERS
SERIES LEADER 7-4
STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP.Rivera: 0-1McCarthy: 2-1
LAST WEEKT 37-37 (OT) at BengalsW 27-24 at Dolphins
PASSINGNewton:108-175-1267-7-2-92.3A. Rodgers: 122-189-1419-15 (1C)-1-111.4 (1C)
RUSHINGNewton (QB): 31-149-4.8-1Lacy: 80-306-3.8-3 (T2C)
RECEIVINGOlsen (TE): 33-388-11.8-5 (T2C)Nelson: 43 (3L)-632 (1L)-14.7-5 (T2C)
OFFENSE343.8319.2
TAKE/GIVE+5 (T3C)+9 (T1L)
DEFENSE392.5368.0
SACKSAddison: 4Daniels: 2.5
INTsHarper: 3 (T1L)Shields: 2
PUNTINGNortman: 47.5 (3C)Masthay: 45.3
KICKINGGano: 49 (13/13 PAT; 12/14 FG)Crosby: 39 (18/18 PAT; 7/8 FG)


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