Panthers-Lions Preview Capsule
By The Associated Press
CAROLINA (6-3) at DETROIT (3-6)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Panthers by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 5-4, Detroit 5-4
SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead 6-2
LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Lions 27-24, Oct. 8, 2017
LAST WEEK - Panthers lost to Steelers 52-21; Lions lost to Bears 34-22
AP PRO32 RANKING - Panthers No. 8, Lions No. 25
PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (3), PASS (24).
PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (9), PASS (7).
LIONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (23), PASS (22).
LIONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (28), PASS (8).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Carolina QB Cam Newton threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns in last meeting with Lions. Detroit's Matthew Stafford threw for 229 yards and two TDs. ... Panthers DE Mario Addison has 3 1/2 sacks in past two meetings with Lions. ... Carolina has intercepted 11 passes this season, while Detroit has just three INTs. ... Panthers' Christian McCaffrey is one of three NFL RBs with at least 50 receptions and 1,000 yards from scrimmage this season. ... Carolina CB Donte Jackson leads all rookies with four interceptions. ... Panthers' Greg Olsen has 661 receptions and needs two to move into fifth place on career list for TEs. He needs 105 yards receiving to move into seventh place for TEs. ... Since 2013, Panthers are 26-14 in games decided by seven points or fewer. They have won five straight games decided by three or fewer. ... Stafford is third in NFL since 2011 with 34,332 yards passing. ... Detroit's Kerryon Johnson is second among rookies with 757 yards from scrimmage and fourth with 554 yards rushing. ... Lions have allowed 16 sacks in last two games. ... Detroit has only gone three-and-out on 11.2 percent of possessions, third-best mark in league. ... Stafford set for 122nd consecutive start, which would tie Joe Flacco for sixth-longest streak among QBs. ... Lions K Matt Prater is 45 of 60 in career from at least 50 yards. ... Stafford has not thrown more than 13 INTs since 2013, but he's at eight already this season. ... Fantasy tip: Newton has thrown at least two TD passes in eight straight games, longest streak in franchise history.