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On Thursday night, we watched the defending Super Bowl champion Giants “limp” into Carolina without key offensive personnel in wideout Hakeem Nicks, running back Ahmad Bradshaw and right tackle David Diehl.
A mere 36 points and 405 total yards later and Tom Coughlin’s club showed why they can never be counted out.
While this encounter between the league’s first-overall draft choices in 2004 (Eli Manning) and 2011 (Cam Newton) went New York’s way, it’s one of many intriguing matchups to watch this weekend. There are only six teams remaining—the fewest since 1997—that are in position to win all of their games this season.
That list will be trimmed by two this week (barring ties) as we’ll see a pair of clashes between two undefeated teams play west of the Mississippi. The Philadelphia Eagles travel to face the Arizona Cardinals and the Atlanta Falcons go to California to battle the San Diego Chargers.
Prepare yourself for the last full slate of NFL games until Thanksgiving as the bye-weeks are on the horizon…