Panthers visit Rams in meeting of struggling teams
LOS ANGELES (AP) CAROLINA (2-5) vs. LOS ANGELES (3-4)
Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE – Panthers by 2
RECORD VS. SPREAD – Carolina 2-5, Los Angeles 3-3-1
SERIES RECORD – Panthers lead 12-8
LAST MEETING – Panthers beat Rams 30-15, Oct. 20, 2013
LAST WEEK – Panthers beat Cardinals 30-20; Rams had bye, lost to Giants 17-10 on Oct. 23
AP PRO32 RANKING – Panthers No. 23, Rams No. 26
PANTHERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (7), RUSH (5), PASS (9).
PANTHERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (20), RUSH (3), PASS (30).
RAMS OFFENSE – OVERALL (30), RUSH (29), PASS (25).
RAMS DEFENSE – OVERALL (11), RUSH (15), PASS (12).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Carolina makes its first trip to Hollywood. Panthers entered NFL in 1995, few months after Rams and Raiders simultaneously left nation's second-largest city. … Coaches Jeff Fisher and Ron Rivera were teammates on 1980s Chicago Bears. … Teams met in divisional playoff game during 2003 season. Carolina beat Mike Martz's 12-4 St. Louis team in double overtime. Rams haven't had winning season since. … Panthers averaging sturdy 27.3 points per game, while Rams are 30th in NFL with 17.1. … … Panthers' 30-20 win over Cardinals last week snapped four-game skid. They try to win back-to-back games for first time in defending NFC champions' season. … Panthers' stout run defense being betrayed by weak pass defense yielding 286.9 yards per game. … Carolina QB Cam Newton spoke with Commissioner Roger Goodell about concerns over big hits this season. Newton feels he isn't being protected. … 2015 All-Pro DT Aaron Donald says Rams won't change how they play after Newton's concerns went public. … Rams come off bye week with three-game losing streak. … Rams finally get third real home game of relocation season. They've played at Coliseum just once since mid-September season opener. … Rams went 41-20-1 at Coliseum during November when they played downtown prior to 1979. … Rams struggling in passing game yet again with just 227.7 yards per game, despite showing signs of improvement from last season. Still aren't ready to play No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff. … Fantasy Tip: Panthers had 12 sacks in first six games, but sacked Carson Palmer eight times last week. Rams QB Case Keenum has been sacked 16 times in seven games.
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