By the numbers: Panthers vs. Lions
Posted October 6
Updated October 9
The Carolina Panthers conclude their two-game road swing Sunday in Detroit against the NFC North Division leading Lions at Ford Field.
Carolina will look to make it two-straight road wins after defeating the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots last week in Foxboro, 33-30. Detroit also claimed victory in Week 4, taking down the Minnesota Vikings, 14-7.
Sunday’s tilt will mark the eighth contest in Panthers history against the Lions, and the first in Detroit since 2011. The Panthers lead the all-time series, 5-2.
Here’s a look at the significant numbers between the Panthers and Lions leading up to their Week 5 matchup:
The Lions and Panthers will meet Sunday at Ford Field for only the third time since Carolina’s inaugural season in 1995. Both teams have one game apiece in Detroit.
Oct. 16, 2005: Panthers 21, Lions 20
Nov. 20, 2011: Panthers 35, Lions 49
Three Panthers played collegiately in Michigan:
Devin Funches, WR – Michigan
Taylor Moton, OT – Western Michigan
Demetrius Cox, S – Michigan State
Carolina leads the NFL with seven drives lasting at least six minutes, two more than any team in the league.
Green Bay ranks second with five drives, and five others are tied for third with four drives eclipsing six minutes.
Detroit’s defense is off to a hot start defensively this season and leads the NFL with a league-high 11 takeaways – seven interceptions and four fumbles.
Safety Glover Quinn and cornerback Darius Slay lead the Lions with two interceptions apiece. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead has tallied a team-high two fumble recoveries.
The Panthers are tied for 28th in the league with two takeaways – one fumble and one interceptions. Carolina has gone three games without forcing a turnover.
Graham Gano’s streak of touchbacks to begin the season was snapped last week after this third kickoff of the contest against New Englad, but his 15 in a row are the most to start a season since 1970.
Both Carolina and Detroit rank tied for fourth in the NFL with 17.5 points allowed per contest.
After Carolina’s 66.9 percent conversion rate on third downs last week against New England, the Panthers now rank first in the league with a third down efficiency of 51.9 percent.
Carolina ranked 23rd last season with 37.2 percent third-down conversion rate.
Panthers veteran running back Jonathan Stewart is inching closer toward moving up once again in Carolina’s record book.
Stewart is now the Panthers’ all-time leading rusher with 6,868 career yards after a 68-yard performance against New England, and the 10-year veteran is now two scores away from having the second-most touchdowns in franchise history.
Former wide receiver Steve Smith remains atop the list with 75 touchdowns, and former running back DeAngleo Williams ranks second with 53 scores.
Veteran defensive end Julius Peppers tallied his second multi-sack game of the season last week, taking down Tom Brady twice in the Panthers’ 33-30 victory.
Peppers leads the Panthers with 4.5 sacks through four games this season. The 37-year-old is Carolina’s all-time sack leader with 85.5, and ranks fifth in NFL history with 148 career sacks.
After two-straight weeks against two of the better offenses in the entire league, the Panthers’ defense statistically remains in the top five with an average of 282 yards allowed per game.
The Panthers have allowed an average of 194.8 passing yards and 87.3 rushing yards per contest through four weeks of play.