Opponent First Look: Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers

We have stats and notes on both teams as we begin our lookahead to Sunday's huge NFC showdown.

GREEN BAY PACKERS (6-1) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (7-0)

LAST GAME — 10/19/14: Panthers 17 at Packers 38. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns. Packers WR Randall Cobb has six receptions for 121 yards and touchdown.

LAST GAME AT SITE — 9/18/11: Packers 30, Panthers 23. Rodgers passed for 308 yards and two touchdowns. Packers WR Jordy Nelson had 84-yard touchdown reception.

REFEREE — Gene Steratore

BROADCAST — FOX (noon): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 135 (Green Bay), 82 (Car.). XM: 231 (Car.).

PACKERSPANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 8-4
STREAKS 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 3-1 Ron Rivera: 0-2
LAST WEEK L 29-10 at Broncos W 29-26 (OT) vs. Colts
PASSING Rodgers: 138-204-1568-15 (T3C)-2-110.9 (1C) Newton: 117-216-1523-11-8-78.1
RUSHING Lacy: 78-298-3.8-2 Stewart: 127-505-4.0-3
RECEIVING Cobb: 36-377-10.5-4 Olsen (TE): 33-518-15.7-4
TOTAL OFFENSE 332.1 349.1
TAKE/GIVE +7 (T2L) +5 (3C)
DEFENSE 375.7 342.6
SACKS Peppers: 5.5 Short: 5
INTERCEPTIONS Rollins, Shields: 2 Norman: four (T1C)
PUNTING Masthay: 43.8 Nortman: 45.0
KICKING Crosby: 52 (19/19 PAT; 11/12 FG) Gano: 59 (20/22 PAT; 13/16 FG



PACKERS NOTES: QB Aaron Rodgers has won past two vs. Carolina and has 140.1 rating (5 TDs, 0 interceptions). In last meeting, completed 19 of 22 (86.4 pct.) for 255 yards and three TDs vs. 0 interceptions for 154.5 rating…RBs Eddie Lacy and James Starks each had a rushing touchdown in last meeting…In last game vs. Carolina, WR Randall Cobb had six catches for 121 yards and touchdown. WR Davante Adams had a touchdown catch in last meeting. WR James Jones is tied for fourth in the NFL with six receiving touchdowns…Green Bay is second in NFC with 23 sacks led by LB Julius Peppers (5.5) and LB Clay Matthews (4.5). Peppers played his first eight seasons with Carolina (2002-09) and had 81 sacks with six interceptions. Aims for third in a row vs. Carolina with 1.5-plus sacks. He is the only player in NFL history with 100-plus sacks (131) and 10-plus interceptions (11). Matthews has 4.5 sacks in past 5. Rookie Damarious Randall had his first career interception last week. He’s tied for the team lead with CB Sam Shields with eight passes defensed. CB Casey Hayward had an interception in the last meeting. In last game at Carolina, safety Morgan Burnett had an interception, sack and forced fumble.

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PANTHERS NOTES: Are 7-0 for the first time in franchise history…QB Cam Newton has two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in two career meetings. Has 28 games with passing touchdown and rushing touchdown, second-most in NFL history…RB Jonathan Stewart had career-high 100 receiving yards vs. Green Bay on Sept. 18, 2011. He has rushed for 285 yards (95 per game) and three touchdowns in past three games…TE Greg Olsen had eight catches for 105 yards in last meeting. Since 2008, is one of four active tight ends with 5,000-plus receiving yards (5,315) and 40-plus touchdowns (44). Has four touchdowns in past five games. WR Corey Brown had touchdown catch last week…Since entering NFL in 2012, LB Luke Kuechly leads league with 519 tackles. Had interception last week. Has eight interceptions since 2012, tied for most among NFL linebackers. LB Thomas Davis had seven tackles and sack in last meeting. Leads team with 59 tackles. DT Kawaan Short is tied for lead among NFL defensive tackles with five sacks. CB Josh Norman is for the NFL lead with two interception-touchdowns and tied for second with four interceptions. CB Charles Tillman aims for fifth in row vs. Green Bay with a forced fumble.


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