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.