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.