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.
Even if the New England Patriots had lost this game to the New Orleans Saints, they had still demonstrated they could go toe-to-toe with an elite NFL team. Thanks to Tom Brady and Kenbrell Thompkins, New England didn’t have to settle for a mere moral victory.
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.
There are plenty of matchups to get excited about for the 2013 season, such as the Ravens’ season-opening trip to Denver. Here are 10 other games that should be as exciting on the field as they are intriguing on paper.
Fans began arriving at Gillette Stadium early Thursday morning, even though the Patriot’s first preseason game doesn’t start until 7:30 p.m.