- David Newton, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A few statistics to chew on over your morning latte:
Stat one: With their 38-0 victory over the New York Giants, the Carolina Panthers became the first team since 2002 to record a shutout of 38 points or more, force three turnovers, record seven sacks and hold the opponent to 150 yards.
The previous team to accomplish that? Atlanta blanked Carolina 41-0 on Nov. 24, 2002. The Falcons had eight sacks, forced six turnovers (four interceptions and two fumbles) and held the Panthers to 122 yards.
If you're a Giants fan, the good news is the Panthers rebounded with consecutive wins and four in their final five games. If you're a Carolina fan thinking this is the start of domination, the Falcons won the next week at Minnesota and then lost three of their final four regular-season games.
In other words, don't read too much into it.
Stat two: There were 101 sacks in Week 3, one short of the record set in Week 11 of 1986. The Panthers did their part with seven, second only to the New York Jets who had eight against Buffalo.
"The big thing is you have to see how many passes are being thrown, more than anything else," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. "It's funny, but when people are throwing the ball more you are creating more opportunities [for sacks]."
Stat three: Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams ranks third in the NFL in rushing with 291 yards on 62 carries. He trails Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy with 395 and Tampa Bay's Doug Martin with 297. Not bad for somebody who is supposed to be on the decline at the age of 30.