Approaching the midway point of the NFL regular season, some squads look like they’re getting ready to run away with their divisions, while other playoff races are just developing. Here are the winners and losers from Week 7’s action.
Carolina Panthers: They faced a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter, on the road, against the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles, and churned the biggest come-from-behind victory in franchise history, 21-17. Quarterback Cam Newton was ultra efficient in the fourth quarter, completing 16 of 22 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. The Panthers victory means that Carolina (4-2) remains one game back of the first-place Saints. And, with both games against New Orleans coming late in the season — in Weeks 15 and 17 — Carolina absolutely needs to keep pace with the Saints in what could be a tight, season-long race.
Adam Thielen: He continued to make history, becoming the first player in the Super Bowl era to start a season with seven games of at least 100 receiving yards with nine catches for 110 yards and one score. The Vikings also beat the Jets, 37-17. But Thielen is quickly — and quietly — becoming one of the most consistent receivers in all of football, leading the league in catches (67) and receiving yards (822). And, if he repeats in Week 8 against the Saints with another game of 100 or more receiving yards, he will tie former Lions receiver Calvin Johnson for the longest streak during any stretch of NFL history with eight games.
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