The Worksheet, a comprehensive fantasy football preview by Rich Hribar, breaks down everything you need to know about the Week 2 matchup between the Panthers and Saints on Monday Night Football.

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New OrleansRank@CarolinaRank
-3.0 Spread3.0
21.5 Implied Total18.5
15.07Points All./Gm24.022
59.010Opp. Plays/Gm48.02
5.55Off. Yards/Play3.926
4.819Def. Yards/Play4.615
37.29%9Opp. Rush %54.17%29
62.71%24Opp. Pass %45.83%4

  • Carolina had a gain of 20 or more yards on 1.4% of their offensive plays in Week 1, tied with Houston for the lowest rate in the league.
  • 7.4% of the New Orleans rushing attempts resulted in a first down or touchdown, ahead of only the Texans (4.3%) in Week 1.
  • Carolina running backs had a 44.4% success rate per carry in Week 1 (third).
  • Bryce Young averaged 2.7 air yards per completed pass (28th) while Derek Carr averaged 8.8 air yards per completion (third).
  • Young was 2-of-12 for 23 yards with two interceptions and a 0.0 rating on throws 10 yards or further downfield.
  • Carr threw the ball on average 3.5 yards beyond the first down marker, the highest rate in the league in Week 1.

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Derek Carr: Carr had a solid debut with the Saints, connecting on 23-of-33 passes (69.7%) for 305 yards (9.2 Y/A) with a touchdown and an interception.

Even in a down week for the position, that was still not quite enough to get Carr higher than QB15 (14.6 points), but treating him as a floor-based QB2 is right at home with expectations.

Going back to last season, this is a hyper-efficient passing game. The only question on a weekly basis is play volume.

With the Saints unable to run against the Titans (and a dash of rational coaching they showed late in the game), they dropped back on 59.4% of their plays.

That was only good for 17th in the league, but it also was their highest rate in a game as a team since Week 12 of last season.

The question here is will they have to throw a lot against Carolina, who did not press the Falcons a week ago? The Falcons beat Carolina with a 45.8% dropback rate.

When Atlanta did throw against Carolina, the Panthers allowed 0.478 passing points per attempt, which was 27th in Week 1.

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