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Panthers preview: Oct. 25 game at New Orleans

Game: Carolina Panthers (3-3) at New Orleans Saints (3-2), 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: New Orleans leads series 26-25, including a seasonal sweep of last year’s series.

RANKINGS AMONG NFL (Through week 6): Carolina offense – 11th overall, 16th rushing, 9th passing. Carolina defense – 11th overall, 27th rushing, 7th passing. New Orleans offense – 12th overall, 21st rushing, 12thd passing. New Orleans defense – 8th overall, 4th rushing, 19th passing.

BY THE NUMBERS: 5 – Number of starts made by Teddy Bridgewater for the Saints last season filling in for starter Drew Brees. New Orleans went 5-0 in those games. Including this year’s 3-3 record, Bridgewater is 25-15 as a NFL starting quarterback.

NOTABLE: Something’s gotta give when the Panthers get in the red zone in this matchup. Carolina is just 28th out of 32 NFL teams in red zone offense while the Saints defense is 31st….
In the last meeting between the teams, Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey set history despite Carolina’s 42-10 home loss on Dec. 29. McCaffrey caught seven passes for 72 yards to finish the season with 1,005 receiving yards to become only the third players in NFL history with 1,000 or more rushing and receiving yards in the same season….
The Panthers are closing in on a franchise milestone as they have a 198-207-1 regular season record in their 26-year existence….
When long snapper J.J. Jansen appears in Sunday’s game, it’ll give him the second-most games in Panthers history. Jansen currently is tied for second place with 182 games with wide receiver Steve Smith; Kicker John Kasay’s 221 games are the most in franchise history….
Three Saints have Carolinas connections – Offensive lineman James Hurst played at North Carolina and tight end Jared Cook and defensive vback D.J. Swearinger played at South Carolina.