" Coming out of their bye week, the New England Patriots are now entering the toughest part of their 2013 schedule. However, during the month of December, New England won’t face a single team that is currently above .500, so there’s a good chance the Patriots will head into the playoffs with a great deal of momentum. Three of the remaining seven games will be played in prime time, so the entire country will be getting a good look at what the Patriots have to offer.
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Carolina Panthers (6-3) — Monday, Nov. 18 at Bank of America Stadium
The Patriots are averaging 34.8 points per game over the last four games, but this Monday night contest will truly indicate if New England has solved its offensive woes. The Panthers are the only team in the NFL with a defense that is ranked in the top ten in each of the following categories: rushing defense, passing defense, total defense and scoring defense. The Panthers are currently riding a five-game winning streak, including a hard-fought 10-9 road victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10.
Denver Broncos (8-1) — Sunday, Nov "
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