- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

CAROLINA (1-4) at NEW ORLEANS (1-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, Fox

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 1-4, New Orleans 2-2

SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead 23-19

LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Saints 41-38, Dec. 6, 2015

LAST WEEK - Panthers lost to Buccaneers 17-14; Saints had bye, beat Chargers 35-34, Oct. 2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Panthers No. 21, Saints No. 25

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (6), PASS (10).

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (10), PASS (15).

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (29), PASS (2).

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (26), PASS (29).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Panthers QB Cam Newton expected to return after missing last week’s game with concussion symptoms. … Panthers seeking to avoid first 1-5 start since 2012, last season they failed to win NFC South. … Panthers have beaten Saints three straight meetings. … Panthers are 0-2 away from home. … Newton has 10 TDs and one INT in last three vs. Saints. … Panthers TE Greg Olsen had nine receptions for career-high 181 yards in Week 5 and leads all NFL TEs in receptions and yards receiving. … Olsen has 27 catches for 335 yards (111.7 per game) and three TDs in past three vs. Saints. … WR Ted Ginn Jr. had 88 yards receiving and two TDs in last game vs. Saints. … Panthers DEs Charles Johnson and Kony Ealy have no sacks this season. … Only eight of 128 NFL teams have started 1-4, made postseason since 1990. … Saints aim to avoid second straight 1-4 start to season. … QB Drew Brees has 27 TDs passing in past seven at home. … . FB John Kuhn had three TDs (two rushing, one receiving) in Saints’ win at San Diego. … DT Nick Fairley had 1 ½ sacks in last game, has three sacks this season. … No Saints player has 100-yard rushing game this season, RB Mark Ingram owns Saints’ single-game high 77 yards. …Three Saints - WR Brandin Cooks, WR Willie Snead and TE Coby Fleener - each have one 100-yard game receiving. … Fantasy Tip: Rookie Saints WR Michael Thomas has TD catch in each of last two games, has been targeted by Brees at least nine times in each of past two games.

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