Thursday night NFL action has become a bit of a punch line. True or not, the perception is that it’s always an ugly matchup like Bills-Jets or 49ers-Rams. But this time, we get perhaps the biggest game of the week, a matchup of 4–1 division leaders trying to keep pace with the Packers in the NFC.
The Carolina Panthers will pay a rare visit to Gillette Stadium on Sunday to take on the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in just the seventh meeting ever between the two teams. The all-time series is deadlocked at three games apiece. The teams last met in Charlotte in 2013 with the Panthers coming away with a 24-20 victory on "Monday Night Football."
New Orleans has started 0-2 for the fourth consecutive season. The defense has been far too porous in terms of yards and points allowed. Drew Brees and the offense have settled for too many field goal attempts, when the Saints aren't punting.
After a poor 2016 campaign, the Carolina Panthers fly west to take on the new-look San Francisco 49ers. There's a much different feeling to this Week 1 matchup than last year. Carolina lost a tough one to Denver to open up the year and proceeded to follow it up with losses in four of the next five games.