Injury Report: Lynch Expected To Be Ready As Seahawks Tackle PanthersOnce holding a 20-point lead in the second half in Cincinnati last weekend, Seattle (2-3) watched as Andy Dalton and the Bengals pulled a rabbit out of the hat, escaping with a 27-24 overtime victory. It was Seattle's second overtime loss of the season (lost the opener at St. Louis, 34-31), leaving the Seahawks to wonder when things will turn around.
Opponent Profile: Seattle Needs Redemption Win Against Panthers After Blowing Cincinnati GameAt one point, Seattle (2-3) held a 24-7 lead and seemed to be on its way to a third victory on the season. As the Seahawks would ultimately find out, however, they would fly back to the Pacific Northwest with their third loss of the season, losses that easily could have been wins (albeit except for the Green Bay defeat perhaps).
Patriots Opponent Profile: Ravens Bring Improved Offense To FoxboroBaltimore's defense is just as tough as ever, but it now has a dangerous offense to go with it.
Five Things: Panthers Vs. Saints Thursday Night RoundupThe Saints took control of the NFC South with a 28-10 victory over the Panthers last night, their first win in Carolina since 2011. New Orleans enters a three-game home stretch with a 4-4 record, while Carolina (3-5-1), which only has one win in its last seven games, travels to Philadelphia in 10 days.
Thursday Night Fantasy Starters: Drew Brees, Cam Newton And Jimmy GrahamThe Saints are coming off their best game of the year after hammering Green Bay 44-23. However, they have not won a road game this year. The Panthers are hoping to continue that trend, and they will be bringing back a familiar face in running back DeAngelo Williams.
Thursday Night Football Breakdown: New Orleans Saints At Carolina PanthersThe Saints and Panthers are both 3-4 and yet tied atop the NFC South. New Orleans has an extremely quick turnaround after playing on Sunday night.
Greg Olsen Gives The Carolina Panthers A Proven Receiving ThreatThe Carolina Panthers cut the face of the franchise, Steve Smith, and let the only other three wide receivers on the roster that caught a pass last season leave as free agents. Tight end Greg Olsen is the only proven receiver returning from last season’s squad. Olsen should be Cam Newton’s favorite target this season.
Four Main Things The Saints Must Do To Win In Rematch With SeahawksSix weeks ago, the New Orleans Saints suffered their worst loss of the season in a game where they were absolutely demolished by the Seattle Seahawks. Immediately afterward, head coach Sean Payton told his players to put the game behind them because they would get another shot. Payton was right as the Saints are meeting the Seahawks again, and there are four big things they need to do, in order to win.
Newton Needs Panthers Players To Step UpThe 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.
Presto Chango: Panthers Turn Awful 2013 Start Into First-Round Playoff ByeThe 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.
Eagles Prepare For Saints Wild Card BattleDrew Brees will be much more successful against the Eagles defense than back-up Kyle Orton was in the final game of the regular season. But, if the Eagles can knock Brees off his game, then the Saints could quickly run out of options to try and keep up wit the Eagles offense.
Sports Verdict: Who Will Win The NFC South? Saints Vs. PanthersBoth 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?