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Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints Preview and Predictions 11-24-2019

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Carolina's Christian McCaffrey and New Orleans' Alvin Kamara - the league's top two all-purpose running backs - will be the featured attractions when the Saints host the Panthers on Sunday. First-place New Orleans holds a three-game lead over Carolina in the NFC South, and will try to ration Kamara's playing time down the stretch with running back Latavius Murray getting his fair share of touches.

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"It's not like I'm selfish,'' Kamara, who missed two games last month with knee and ankle injuries, told reporters. "I don't need the ball every play. (Murray's) fully capable, too. So I think we'll get a good balance going, and it will be hard to stop.'' McCaffrey leads the NFL with 1,059 rushing yards and has another 517 from 59 receptions as he is on pace to set the NFL record for yards from scrimmage in a season. The Panthers have dropped three of four after McCaffrey totaled 191 yards in a 29-3 loss to Atlanta last week. "The season is not over," McCaffrey told reporters afterward. "We're not going to act like it's over. We're not going to pout ... We move on to Monday, fix our mistakes and move on."

TV: 1 p.m., CBS. LINE: New Orleans -9.5 O/U: 47

ABOUT THE PANTHERS (5-5): Kyle Allen led Carolina to four straight victories with seven touchdown passes and zero interceptions in his first four starts of the season but has three TDs and nine picks - four versus Atlanta - in his last four games. Luke Kuechly needs eight tackles to record 100 for the eighth consecutive season. DJ Moore made eight catches last week for his seventh game with at least six this season but has only one TD reception.

ABOUT THE SAINTS (8-2): Kamara returned from his two-game absence with 122 yards from scrimmage in a 34-17 victory at Tampa Bay last week and has rushed for a touchdown in his last three games against the Panthers. Drew Brees has completed 76.4 percent of his passes with six TDs and an interception in three contests since missing five-plus games with a thumb injury. Michael Thomas has a league-leading 94 catches - the most after 10 games in NFL history - and became the first player with 90 or more catches in his first four seasons after recording eight last week.

EXTRA POINTS

1. McCaffrey is on pace for 2,521 yards from scrimmage, which would break the record of 2,509 set by Tennessee's Chris Johnson in 2009.

2. Brees has thrown 22 touchdown passes and five interceptions in his last seven home games versus Carolina.

3. The Panthers snapped a four-game slide to the Saints with a 33-14 victory in New Orleans on Dec. 30 as Allen threw two touchdown passes in his first career start.

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Last Injuries

New Orleans Saints

  • Marcus Davenport

    Elbow
    day-to-day | questionable

    Davenport has sat out the past three games with an elbow injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut Week 4 against the Lions.

  • Andrus Peat

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Peat left the previous game due to a high-ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will line up Week 4 versus the Lions.

  • Jared Cook

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Cook departed the last game with an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will face the Lions in Week 4.

  • Ty Montgomery

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Montgomery has been designated for the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown when he team will bring him back.

  • David Onyemata

    Calf
    day-to-day | questionable

    Onyemata was held out of the last game with an injury to his calf, and it is uncertain if he will take the field versus the Lions during Week 4.

  • Chase Hansen

    Hip
    day-to-day | questionable

    Hansen has sat out the previous two games due to a hip injury, and it is unknown if he will return against the Lions in Week 4.

  • Malcom Brown

    Foot
    Prob Sun | probable

    Brown has a foot injury, but he is expected to be in Sunday's lineup versus the Packers.

  • Trey Hendrickson

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hendrickson is nursing a groin injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will suit up against the Packers on Sunday.

Carolina Panthers

  • Russell Okung

    Groin
    day-to-day | questionable

    Okung sat out the last game with a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will line up versus the Cardinals during Week 4.

  • Donte Jackson

    Toe
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jackson exited the last game with a toe injury, and it is undetermined if he will be active Week 4 versus the Cardinals.

  • Kawann Short

    Foot
    day-to-day | questionable

    Short has been absent from the lineup during the previous two games with a foot injury, and it is unknown if he will draw back into the lineup against the Cardinals in Week 4.

  • Dennis Daley

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Daley has missed the past three games due to an ankle injury, and it is unclear if he will return Week 4 against the Cardinals.

  • Christian McCaffrey

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    McCaffrey suffered a right high-ankle sprain and has been shifted to the injured reserve list. He is without a definitive timetable for recovery.

  • Stantley Thomas-Oliver III

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Thomas-Oliver has sat out the previous two games with a hamstring injury, but he is likely to play Sunday versus the Chargers.

  • John Miller

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Miller is dealing with ankle and groin injuries. It is projected that he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Chargers.

  • Yetur Gross-Matos

    Concussion
    Prob Sun | probable

    Gross-Matos was held out of the last game as he is going through the concussion protocol. It is anticipated that he will be cleared in time for Sunday's contest versus the Chargers.