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We’ve reached the fourth week of the NFL season, which means teams are starting to get their byes. The Carolina Panthers have struggled out of the gate and would love to get a week off to hit the reset button, but instead they’ll be in Atlanta trying to right the ship.

Here’s a look at the top storylines for Week 4:


What’s the Problem, Carolina?

Last season, the Carolina Panthers’ second loss came when they were defeated in the Super Bowl. This season, they’ve already lost twice in three games. Have they merely played a tough schedule – losing in Denver and at home to Minnesota – or is there cause for concern? There should be some worry as MVP QB Cam Newton had just 10 interceptions last season, and has already thrown five in three games. He’s been sacked a league-high 12 times, which is alarming considering he was sacked only 33 times last season. We’ll see if he can turn things around against the Atlanta Falcons, who have just three sacks this year (28th in the NFL).


Five Surprising Undefeated Teams

Five NFL teams are still undefeated and they’re all somewhat surprising. The New England Patriots are 3-0, which wouldn’t be a shock if they had Tom Brady under centre, but they’ve been using a backup and a third stringer during his suspension. The Baltimore Ravens didn’t get their third win of the season until Week 11 last year, yet they’re 3-0 atop the AFC North. In the AFC West, the Denver Broncos, who were dismissed because of QB uncertainties, are also 3-0 with the league’s fourth-highest scoring offense (28.0 PPG).

In the NFC, who could have predicted that the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles – two teams that changed starting quarterbacks just weeks before the start of the season – would be the last two undefeated teams in the conference?


Redskins Favoured

Even more surprising than the five undefeated teams: The Washington Redskins are a big favourite this week. They’re now 8-point home favourites over Cleveland, down from 10 points on the odds board. They haven’t been favoured by 7.5 to 10 points in the last three seasons, and for good reason – the Redskins failed to cover in seven of their last eight as a favourite.


Important Injuries

JJ Watt (HOU): The man who led the NFL in sacks last year appears to be out for the season after reinjuring his back. That’s a huge blow to the Texans, who are currently tied for third with 10 sacks.

Russell Wilson (SEA): Wilson, who was already dealing with an ankle injury, sprained his MCL last week. Although all signs point to him playing this week, he won’t be 100%. The Seahawks-Jets line is currently off the board.

Jeremy Langford (CHI): The Bears’ running back will miss four to six weeks with a sprained ankle. This isn’t a huge loss since he had already been ceding the starting job to rookie Jordan Howard.


*Odds as of September 28, 2016