Picking up the pace: Saints-Panthers should be explosive

Carolina and New Orleans saw a lot of action the last time they played, and Pat Thorman says that's a safe bet to happen again.

| 4 weeks ago
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Picking up the pace: Saints-Panthers should be explosive


Welcome to the Week 11 edition of Snaps, Pace & Stats, where we examine trends in snap totals and no-huddle usage. It is meant as a 30,000-foot view of upcoming games, with the goal of identifying which matchups will — and which will not — be played on fertile fantasy soil.

Up in pace

Rank Week 10 Snaps 2016 Snaps/Game Opponent Wk 10 Snaps 2016 Opp Snaps/Gm
1 Denver (83) Arizona (71.1) New Orleans (83) San Francisco (71.7)
2 Baltimore (78) Tampa Bay (69.4) Cleveland (77) N.Y. Giants (69.9)
3 Philadelphia (76) Baltimore (69.1) Atlanta (76) Atlanta (68.5)
4 Arizona (74) New Orleans (69.1) San Francisco (74) Cleveland (67.8)
5 GB / JAX (73) Carolina (67.3) HOU / TEN (73) Seattle (67.0)

 

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

These teams combined for 79 points and 147 plays just over a month ago in New Orleans. While they won’t be in the “Coors Field of the NFL” (hat-tip, Rich Hribar), we can still expect elevated snap volume. Saints’ games combine for a league-high average of 134.8 plays, and Panthers’ contests produce 130.9 (ninth-most). Even after running a paltry 51 snaps against the Broncos, the Saints are tied for the third-most snaps per game (69.1). Carolina averages 67.3 (fifth-most), and 70.8 at home with Cam Newton healthy.

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Pat Thorman is a lead writer for PFF Fantasy and a Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner.

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    Couldn’t have used a picture of the Saints and Panthers?