by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/19/13) The Panthers DST is facing a tough matchup Week 16 against the Saints.
New Orleans has been effective on offense this season, scoring 25.6 points per game. Because of that, opposing defenses hav averaged just 7.29 Fantasy points against the Saints. Drew Brees rarely turns the ball over, and does a fantastic job avoiding the pass rush, which limits what defenses can do against the Saints.
To their credit, the Panthers have been fantastic defensively this season. The team is second in the league with 45, is in the upper half in interceptions and has recovered their fair share of fumbles. The team has allowed just 14.9 points per game, the second-best rate in the league. They did have some trouble with the Saints the first time the teams matched-up, giving up 31 points. While the Panthers have been fantastic all season, some struggles are to be expected against New Orleans Week 16.
Quintin Mikell makes five tackles
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/16/13) Panthers safety Quintin Mikell didn't have a huge impact in the Week 15 win over the Jets. He made five tackles, two solo, and is up to 47 stops this season. Mikell plays the Saints in Week 16.
Mike Mitchell ties season high in stops
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/16/13) Panthers safety Mike Mitchell made eight tackles in the win over the Jets, tying his season high. Mitchell had five solo stops and a quarterback hit. He'll play the Saints in Week 16.
Luke Kuechly paces Panthers in tackles again
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/16/13) Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly made a team-high nine tackles, including his second sack this season, in the win over the Jets. Kuechly ranks sixth in the NFL with 122 tackles.
He'll play the Saints in Week 16.
Mike Mitchell dealing with strained shoulder
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/16/13) Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday he has no major injuries to report following Sunday's game against the Jets, but he said safety Mike Mitchell has a strained shoulder. Mitchell did manage eight tackles (five solo) Sunday.
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Carolina's defense is trending in the right direction after picking up 39 sacks and holding opponents to 3,568 passing yards and 1,761 rushing yards in 2012 (yes that's not bad). They could use an upgrade in the defensive secondary but got lucky in the NFL draft and picked up defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short with first- and second-round picks respectively. While the team is in a position to be a better defense, their division is loaded with high-powered offenses and their 2013 schedule includes games against powerhouses like New England, San Francisco and the N.Y. Giants. The Panthers aren't worth drafting but could be considered as a multi-week replacement option off waivers once the season gets going, particularly in Week 2 against the Bills and later on when they take on the Jets in Week 15. (Updated 5/15/13)