Picking up the pace: Carolina-New Orleans should see lots of action

The two teams played a hectic game in 2015, and should see a frenetic pace again this week. Pat Thorman on that and more pace notes.

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(Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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Picking up the pace: Carolina-New Orleans should see lots of action


Welcome to the Week 6 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 5 Snaps 2016 Snaps/Game Opponent Wk 5 Snaps 2016 Opp Snaps/Gm
1 Green Bay (77) Tampa Bay (70.6) Cleveland (77) Miami (73.2)
2 New England (77) Baltimore (69.8) N.Y. Giants (77) N.Y. Giants (69.6)
3 San Francisco (74) New Orleans (68.8) Arizona (74) Los Angeles (69.4)
4 Pittsburgh (72) Arizona (68.4) N.Y. Jets (72) Cleveland (68.4)
5 Tennessee (70) Indianapolis (67.4) Miami (70) San Francisco (68.4)

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

The Saints run the third-most plays per game (68.8) and the Panthers rank sixth (67). New Orleans allows the eighth-most snaps (67.3), and Carolina has loosened up over the last two weeks (67 per game). Both defenses are in the top-five for points-per-play surrendered, with the Saints allowing the most (0.48) and Panthers giving up the fifth-most (0.44). New Orleans’ pace ranks fifth-quickest on a seconds-per-snap basis, and they have scored at least 32 points in three of their four games.

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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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