Panthers preview: Nov. 22 vs. Detroit Lions
Game: Detroit Lions (4-5) at Carolina Panthers (3-7), 1 p.m.
TV: FOX (Kevin Kugler play-by-play, Chris Spielman color analyst, Laura Okmin sideline reporter)
RADIO: WBT-AM 1110/WBT-FM 99.3 in Charlotte is flagship station (Mick Mixon play-by-play, Kurt Coleman and Jim Szoke color analysts, Kristen Balboni sideline reporter)
THE SERIES: Carolina leads series 6-3 but Detroit won 20-19 on Nov. 18, 2018 in their last meeting. The Panthers are 4-1 in home games against the Lions – losing only in their first-ever meeting in 1999.
RANKINGS AMONG NFL (Through week 10): Carolina offense – 21st overall, 22nd rushing, 17th passing. Carolina defense – 22nd overall, 20th rushing, 22nd passing. Detroit offense – 17th overall, 25th rushing, 12th passing. Detroit defense – 27th overall, 30th rushing, 24th passing.
BY THE NUMBERS: 55.3 – Opponents’ third-down conversion rate against the Panthers, which ranks Carolina’s defense last in the 32-team NFL. The Panthers have yielded 51.4 percent on third-down conversions in their three wins and 57.0 percent in the seven losses.
NOTABLE: Panthers Running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to be out again with a right shoulder injury….
Carolina quarterback Teddy Bridgewater injured his right knee last week is considered questionable for Sunday’s game. Bridgewater’s significant 2016 injury when he was with the Minnesota Vikings was to his left knee….
Last week, the Panthers saw their first fake punt attempt to fail this season in four attempts. The Panthers converted fake punts in weeks 2, 8 and 9….
Carolina tight end Colin Thompson’s first and so far only reception of his NFL career went for a touchdown last week that helped the Panthers take an early lead against Tampa Bay….
Despite being a backup running back for three games this season, the Panthers’ Mike Davis leads the NFL in broken tackles this season with 25….
Panthers rookie defensive back Jeremy Chinn leads NFL rookies in tackles with 69….
Four Lions have Carolinas connections – defensive end Austin Bryant and safety Jayron Kearse played at Clemson and defensive end brothers Romeo Okwara and Julian Okwara moved from Nigeria to Charlotte in 2005 and both attended Ardrey Kell High School and Notre Dame.