Carolina (5-3; 5-3 ATS) at Green Bay (7-2; 6-3 ATS)
Early line: Packers (minus-5 points). Total: (48)
CAR 22ND OFF; GB 26TH DEF
CAR 7TH RUN; GB 24TH vs. RUN
CAR 25TH PASS; GB 21ST vs. PASS
CAR 10TH PTS; GB 11TH PTS ALLOWED
GB 17TH OFF; CAR 19TH DEF
GB 22ND RUN; CAR 26TH vs. RUN
GB 12TH PASS; CAR 9TH vs. PASS
GB 13TH PTS; CAR 21ST PTS ALLOWED
CAR 5TH TO/TA; GB T3RD TO-TA
Packers lead all-time series 9-6-0, but Panthers have won last 2 games (3 of last 5), including 31-24 win at Carolina in most recent game Dec. 17, 2017.
PANTHERS bounced back from ugly 51-13 thumping by Niners in Week 8 with a convincing 30-20 Week 9 home win over the Titans spearheaded by strong performances from QB Kyle Allen and league MVP candidate RB Christian McCaffrey.
If PANTHERS head coach Ron Rivera had any concerns about how Allen would respond after throwing 3 INTs and suffering his first career loss as an NFL starter in Week 8 loss, the 2nd-year quarterback answered them last week in practice. Allen improved to 5-1 as Carolina’s starting QB, completing 17-of -32 passes for 232 yards and 2 TDs in Week 9 win.
It appears Allen will continue to be PANTHERS’ starter under center for the foreseeable future, with no change in Cam Newton’s injury status. The 2015 league MVP just can't seem to get healthy. Newton has missed the last six games with a mid-foot injury, and there is no sign he will be ready to play any time soon.
PANTHERS’ McCaffery heard chants of "MVP! MVP!" from the home crowd after scoring his 3rd TD against the Titans. His 58-yard TD sprint straight up the gut gave him 166 yards from scrimmage on the day. McCaffery leads the NFL with 1,244 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns midway through the season.
WR DJ Moore also came through big for PANTHERS’ 370-yard Week 9 offense, catching seven passes for 101 yards, the second time he has surpassed 100 this season.
PANTHERS’ defense ended up allowing Titans 431 total yards, but it limited Tennessee to only 3-of-10 3rd-down conversions and registered 4 sacks by 4 different defenders and 3 takeaways.
ILB Shaq Thompson had a sack, 3 TFLs and tied for team lead in total tackles (11) with SS Eric Reid, who also had a sack and a FF to lead PANTHERS’ Week 9 defense.
Living up to "Riverboat Ron" nickname, Rivera gambled not once, but twice and came up with a pair of fourth-down conversions in PANTHERS’ Week 9 win. His biggest came nursing a 10-point lead on fourth-and-4 with the Panthers at their own 36.
Rivera decided to turn to a play the PANTHERS had practiced during the week, turning to S Colin Jones, who played running back in high school in Bridgeport, Texas.
Jones took the ball and ran to his right. He was hit a couple yards shy of the first down, but Jones and his PANTHERS’ teammates pushed the pile for what wound up a 5-yard gain and a big first down on the way to another TD, a 24-7 lead and all the momentum.
PANTHERS CB James Bradberry injured his groin during Week 9 game and missed the last few minutes. His status for Green Bay remains uncertain (check). If Bradberry can't go, then Ross Cockrell will start opposite Donte Jackson.
Also check status of PANTHERS OT Greg Little (concussion; DNP in Week 9).
PACKERS struggled on offense, defense and special teams in their poorest performance of the season in 26-11 Week 9 road loss to Chargers that snapped 4-game win streak.
PACKERS were bad from the get-go in Week 9, falling behind 19-0 and not getting first score — a 54-yard FG by PK Mason Crosby — until 46 seconds were left in 3rd quarter. GB’s offense managed only 184 total yards (45 yards rushing), while defense allowed Chargers 442 total yards and failed to register a takeaway.
PACKERS had the league's best third-down offense the previous two games but converted just 2-of-10 opportunities against a Chargers defense that entered the week ranked 30th with an opponent conversion rate of 47.8 percent.
"This is a good slice of humble pie for us," said PACKERS QB Aaron Rodgers after completing 23-35-161-1 TD-0 INTs (85.5 QB rating) while getting sacked 3 times "We're kind of rolling, 7-1, and starting to listen to the chatter maybe a little too much. I think this will be a good thing for us."
PACKERS Pro Bowl WR Davante Adams returned from a four-game absence (toe) to catch seven passes for 41 yards. His longest catch went for just 9 yards, but he came out of the game feeling good, head coach Greg LaFleur said.
After catching two passes for 133 yards and one touchdown vs. Oakland in Week 7, PACKERS WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling has caught 1-of-4 passes for 4 yards the past two weeks. He had zero catches against the Chargers.
PACKERS ORT Bryan Bulaga, who missed the last two series in Week 8 win at Kansas City with a "mangled" ring finger, had his hands full with Chargers DEs Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram in Week 9 loss.
PACKERS’ defense has been bending but not breaking. It trailed only 9-0 at halftime in Week 9, thanks to 3 consecutive stops in the red zone. The Chargers punched in 2 TDs in the 2nd half to blow the game open, but GB left game ranked 6th in the league with an opponent red-zone touchdown rate of 48.3 percent.
But PACKERS’ run defense has really struggled for most of the season and was perhaps at its worst against LA. The Chargers had rushed for a total of 142 yards in previous four games. They had failed to reach 40 yards in any of those games but piled up 159 yards against the Packers.
For the sixth time in nine games, PACKERS gave up 120-plus rushing yards. Only Washington (seven) has given up more 120-yard games. Up next: Carolina star McCaffrey, who ranks second in the league with 881 rushing yards.
Check status of PACKERS starting CB Kevin King, who was limited to 20 snaps by a groin injury in Week 9.
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