A quick look at the NFL’s two unbeaten teams heading into Week 12:
CAROLINA PANTHERS (10-0)
This Week: at Dallas Cowboys (3-7), 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday
Carolina Will Win If: Cam Newton passes as well as he did last week, when he threw for a career-high five TDs — to five receivers.
Carolina Will Lose If: Tony Romo and Dez Bryant get on a roll. Remember: Dallas is unbeaten, too … when Romo plays, going 3-0 in his appearances.
Noteworthy: First team in the half-century Super Bowl era to start 10-0 after being below .500 the season before (7-8-1).
Quoteworthy: “We know we’re good at a lot of things. We know we’ve got to improve on a lot more things.” — Newton.
Week 13: at New Orleans Saints
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-0)
This Week: at Denver Broncos (8-2), 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday
New England Will Win If: Coach Bill Belichick devises ways to fluster Brock Osweiler in the QB’s second start of his NFL career.
New England Will Lose If: All those injuries to skill players and offensive linemen finally catch up to Tom Brady and Co. against an elite defense.
Noteworthy: Patriots would clinch an NFL record-tying seventh division title in a row with a victory.
Quoteworthy: “At the end of the day, they find ways to win,” Buffalo coach Rex Ryan, after the Bills’ 20-13 loss to the Patriots on Monday night.
Week 13: vs. Philadelphia Eagles
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