The Carolina Panthers had to win the last game of the season to get the NFC South title and a first-round bye so it’s not like it was a time they could rest their players. Steve Smith had to sit out with an injury, and there were not a lot of other options for Cam Newton to rely on, but there need to be.
The Carolina Panthers started off the season with a 1-3 start, and were tied with the Atlanta Falcons for second place. It wasn’t a second place that was even close to the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints, but the rest of the season proved to turn out completely different.
Fifteen weeks in the books, yet only four playoff tickets – Seattle, Denver, Kansas City, and Indianapolis – have been punched. With two weeks remaining, 19 teams are left in contention for a Super Bowl run.
Bears fans have come to know their first-year coach is one who is willing to take risks.
Both the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers sit tied atop the NFC South at 10-4. One of them will emerge as the winner of the conference in two weeks. The question is, who will secure the division title?
With only three playoff tickets punched, 25 teams remain in contention for a playoff spot.
As the season heads down the home stretch, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos appear to be on a collision course to play in the Super Bowl Feb. 2 at (snow-covered) MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
With four games remaining, 29 teams remain in contention for a playoff spot.
Entering Week 13, 24 teams remain in or within one game of a playoff bid.
Heading into Week 12, 23 teams are either in or within one game of a playoff bid. A marquee matchup between two old foes is rekindled on Sunday night.
Ten weeks in the books and 23 teams remain in or within one-and-a-half games of a playoff bid. Week 11 is highlighted by two marquee, prime time matchups.
Nine weeks into the season, there have been several notable turnarounds.
Only one game on the Week 9 docket features two teams with winning records, the Monday night matchup between the Bears and Packers.
And then there was one. With the Broncos falling to the Colts, only the Chiefs remain unbeaten.
Here’s my take on how Week 7 plays out.
Here’s Durkin’s take on how Week 6 will play out.
After four weeks, five unbeaten teams remain. Here’s Durkin’s take on how Week 5 plays out.
After a wild Week 3, seven undefeated teams remain.
The league-wide air raid continues. There have been 23 individual 300-yard performances through two weeks, tying an NFL record.
Flying pig skins filled the air in the opening weekend of NFL action. A record-setting 63 touchdown passes were thrown in Week 1. Here’s my take on how Week 2 will play out.