The best game of Week 6 might just be the first game of Week 6. Two of the NFC’s hottest teams will throw down in Charlotte when the 4-1 Philadelphia Eagles face the 4-1 Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football.
Except, the Niners really don’t seem to be panicking. Are they frustrated by their 0-6 start? No doubt, especially since they’ve lost five in a row by three points or fewer and are the only team of the Super Bowl era to hold that distinction. But the reality is that the 49ers knew this was going to take time and the fact that they are playing teams close while still not losing ground in next year’s draft order isn’t the worst thing in the world. Even if they won’t admit it publicly. — Nick Wagoner
The Bucs surrendered 38 points to the Cardinals, are now 2-3 and sit in fourth place in the NFC South. Even worse? Quarterback Jameis Winston now has a shoulder injury and the first-place Panthers come to town in two weeks. They can’t count on having the same five-game win streak they had at the end of last season either — not when four out of their final six games are against divisional opponents. — Jenna Laine
This was a 4 before Sunday’s game, but then Adrian Peterson ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and the Cardinals’ offense was revitalized. However, as good as Arizona’s offense — and defense, for that matter — looked in the first half, they both looked as bad in the second half, getting outscored 33-7 in the final 27:06. If the Cardinals can fix their issues that allowed Tampa Bay to get back in a game it had no business making close, then there won’t be a reason to panic. But if the Cardinals struggle through their next three games, all division matchups, then the panic meter could top out. — Josh Weinfuss