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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers gets sacked by Luke Kuechly #59 and Mario Addison #97 of the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The Panthers won the game 10-9. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Tough Panthers Defense To Hassle Tom Brady Monday Night

No one thought the Carolina Panthers were a serious Super Bowl contender when they started the 2013 season losing three of their first four games, but thanks to a five-game winning streak, they are now one of the hottest teams in the league.

11/12/2013

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 27: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders rushes for a nineteen yard gain, avoiding the tackle of Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at O.co Coliseum on October 27, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Defense Will Dominate When Steelers Face Patriots

The Pittsburgh Steelers are struggling this season, but don’t expect them to be pushovers when they come to Foxboro to face the New England Patriots on Sunday.

10/29/2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 20: Daniel Thomas #33 of the Miami Dolphins rushes during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium on October 20, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Struggling Dolphins Need Division Win Against Patriots

The New England Patriots look to remain in first place in the AFC East when they host the 3-3 Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium Sunday. New England won’t face another division opponent until they meet the Dolphins again in Miami on Dec. 15.

10/22/2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 24: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets passes against the New York Giants during their pre season game at MetLife Stadium on August 24, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Jets Have Inconsistent Offense, Impressive Defense

For their first rematch of the 2013 NFL season, the New England Patriots will go on the road Sunday to face the New York Jets. Their first matchup was a tremendous defensive struggle, so this game will provide a measuring stick for the progress of New England’s fledgling offense.

10/15/2013

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 06: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints passes against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Saints defeated the Bears 26-18. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Struggling Patriots Offense Faces Tall Task Against Undefeated Saints

After an extremely disappointing 13-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week Five, the New England Patriots will now face the 5-0 New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium in Week Six. This won’t be easy.

10/08/2013

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 29: Cornerback Leon McFadden #29 and outside linebacker Tank Carder #59 of the Cleveland Browns pursue wide receiver Brandon Tate #19 of the Cincinnati Bengals after a reception during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Bengals 17-6. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Improving Patriots Face Inconsistent Bengals In Week 5

Few people expected the New England Patriots to be 4-0 after the first quarter of the 2013 season, but now that they’ve reached that achievement, don’t be surprised to see them get to 5-0.

10/01/2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 08: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons points out coverage against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 8, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Patriots Facing Real Test Against Falcons On National Television

The 3-0 New England Patriots won’t play the 3-0 Miami Dolphins for another month, but after the AFC East rival Dolphins beat the Atlanta Falcons last week 27-23, New England’s Week Four contest at Atlanta should give the Pats some idea of where they stand compared to the Fins.

09/24/2013

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers directs play against the New Orleans Saints September 15, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Buccaneers’ Struggling Offense No Threat To Patriots

In the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New England Patriots are facing their third weak opponent in a row to open the 2013 season. They won’t be facing a rookie quarterback this time around, but Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman is not exactly playing like a veteran.

09/17/2013

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New York’s Rookie QB Threat: Geno Smith

When incumbent New York Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez fell to a preseason injury, many naysayers were convinced that second round draft pick Geno Smith wasn’t ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Much to their surprise, he goes into Week Two’s game against the New England Patriots with a 1-0 record.

09/10/2013

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Bills Start 2013 Season With Even More Questions Than Patriots

Going into Week One of the 2013 NFL season, it’s business as usual in the AFC East. That means that the Patriots are still the Patriots, and the Bills will lose to them again.

09/03/2013

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