- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (0-2) at CAROLINA (2-0)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD -Saints 0-2, Panthers 2-0

SERIES RECORD -Panthers lead series 21-19



LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Saints 41-10, Dec. 7, 2014

LAST WEEK - Saints lost to Buccaneers 26-19; Panthers beat Texans 24-17

AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints No. 31, Panthers No. 9

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (25), PASS (6)

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (16), PASS (19t)

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (7), PASS (31)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (7), PASS (8)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -Saints QB Drew Brees, who is battling shoulder injury, will not play. He had never missed a game for New Orleans in nine season because of injury. … Luke McCown, who joined Saints in 2013, will start. … Brees has more yards passing (44,295) and TD passes (318) than any NFL QB since 2006. … RB Mark Ingram had 103 yards rushing and two TDs in last meeting with Panthers in Charlotte. … DE Cameron Jordan has six sacks in last seven meetings with Carolina. … Saints have allowed six sacks in two games. … Panthers QB Cam Newton threw for 226 yards and three TDs, ran for 83 yards and one TD in last meeting. … Panthers allowing just 13 points per game, fewest in NFL. … Panthers’ defense is allowing NFL-low 3.64 yards per play on first down. … CB Charles Tillman is only player in NFL with 35 or more interceptions and 40 or more forced fumbles during career. … LB A.J. Klein had an interception filling in for Luke Kuechly (concussion) last week. .. DT Star Lotulelei (foot) is expected to play his first game of season. .. Fantasy Tip: Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart ran for 155 yards, including 69-yard TD, in last meeting with Saints.

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