Panthers vs. Packers: What to Watch For

GREEN BAY (7-6) at CAROLINA (9-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

OPENING LINE — Panthers by 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Green Bay 7-6, Carolina 8-5

SERIES RECORD — Packers lead 9-5

LAST MEETING — Panthers beat Packers 37-29, Nov. 8, 2015

LAST WEEK — Packers beat Browns 27-21; Panthers beat Vikings 31-24

AP PRO32 RANKING — Packers No. 15, Panthers No. 7

PACKERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (17), PASS (24)

PACKERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (26), RUSH (18), PASS (24)

PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (18), RUSH (5), PASS (28)

PANTHERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (t-3), PASS (7)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Packers QB Aaron Rodgers expected to play for first time since Oct. 15 (broken collarbone). ... Rodgers averaging 307.5 yards passing per game with 12 TDs and three interceptions in last four games vs. Carolina. ... Rookie RB Jamaal Williams had 118 yards from scrimmage and two TDs last week vs. Cleveland. ... WR Davante Adams tied for second in NFL with nine TD catches. He had winning 25-yard TD catch in overtime last week vs. Browns. ... WR Jordy Nelson has at least 80 yards receiving and TD in last two games vs. Panthers. ... WR Randall Cobb has 220 yards receiving and two TDs in last two games vs. Panthers. ... LB Clay Matthews has five sacks in past three games. ... LB Blake Martinez third in NFL in tackles with 117. ... Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has 10 interceptions since 2015, second most among NFL safeties. ... Panthers have won three straight at home. ... Panthers' Cam Newton leads NFL QBs in yards rushing (585) and has five TDs rushing. ... RB Jonathan Stewart had 103 yards and three TDs rushing last week vs. Vikings. ... RB Christian McCaffrey has four TDs in last four home games. ... WR Devin Funchess has TD catch in last two games. ... DE Julius Peppers has 5 ½ sacks in past four games against former team. ... LB Luke Kuechly has at least 100 tackles in six straight seasons. ... DT Kawann Short had two of Carolina's six sacks last week vs. Vikings. ... Panthers assistant DBs coach Richard Rodgers, Sr. is father of Packers TE Richard Rodgers.... Fantasy Tip: Packers RB Jamaal Williams plenty hot with 376 yards from scrimmage and five TDs in last three games.

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