A quick look at NFL unbeatens Panthers, Patriots in Week 12


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New England Patriots running back James White (28) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

New England Patriots running back James White (28) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) races Devin Funchess (17) as they warm up before the NFL football team's practice in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


New England Patriots running back James White, center, celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) in front of Buffalo Bills safety Bacarri Rambo (30) in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


A quick look at the NFL’s two unbeaten teams heading into Week 12:

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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

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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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New England Patriots running back James White (28) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/11/web1_107259465-9c7acb79bb984bc1b7bdf5b824467639.jpgNew England Patriots running back James White (28) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) races Devin Funchess (17) as they warm up before the NFL football team’s practice in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/11/web1_107259465-8f90e6686b604dfaa3333cca75a1a96d.jpgCarolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) races Devin Funchess (17) as they warm up before the NFL football team’s practice in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

New England Patriots running back James White, center, celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) in front of Buffalo Bills safety Bacarri Rambo (30) in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/11/web1_107259465-ca9db2b01c444f01a6bfd0c9f777d25c.jpgNew England Patriots running back James White, center, celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) in front of Buffalo Bills safety Bacarri Rambo (30) in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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