The New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers will go head to head on Sunday in a massive Week 4 clash in the NFL 2017 regular season. Today's game takes place from the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts and has a scheduled start time of 1 p.m. ET. The game can be watched on TV on the Fox network, or online through live stream (details below).
This is a pivotal game for both teams, as both have stumbled slightly in the opening weeks, but each enters Week 4 with a 2-1 record, knowing a win today would put them in a strong position moving into the second quarter of the regular season. However, for the loser in today's game, another loss will see them slip back to a 2-2 record, which looks decidedly uncertain, and will leave a lot of work to do over the coming months.
These two teams have only met one another five times in the regular season in the past, with the Panthers leading the all time series 3-2. The last game between them came in 2013 when the Panthers claimed a tight 24-20 victory.
The Panthers know they will have to be at the top of their game if they are to leave the Gillette Stadium with anything today. Since New England fell to the Kansas City Chiefs in the opening game of the season, they have taken it out on every team they've faced since. Since that 42-27 loss to the Chiefs, quarterback Tom Brady has thrown for 825 yards and eight touchdowns, and the Patriots have scored 72 points in their past two games against the New Orleans Saints, and Houston Texans.
Earlier this week, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears got Week 4 off to a start on NFL Thursday Night Football. However, the contest was not as competitive as most neutrals would have liked, and the Packers eased to a comfortable 35-14 victory.
Packers' quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, threw for four touchdown passes, with two finding Jordy Nelson for touchdowns.
The result moved the Packer to 3-1, which leaves them in a solid position as they look to consolidate their good start to the season over the coming month and ensure they get one hand on a postseason spot as soon as possible.
However, for the Bears the season is quickly slipping away from them, and their third loss of the season sees them drop to 1-3, and it now seems a long way back for them to even get to a level record.
The Packers were in front right from the start in Thursday's game, and quickly jumped out to a 14-0 lead following Aaron Rodgers leading them to an opening drive touchdown.
There was a 45 minute delay in the game due to a lightning strike, however, not even that could shock the Bears into life, and they limply gave up the game to a far superior side.
One major area that the Bears must fix asap is Mike Glennon; things are simply not working. Glennon gave up four turnovers on the night, with two interceptions and two lost fumbles. That simply isn't good enough and there's little hope for the Bears to get a result when they give the ball away so consistently for free. Those four turnovers directly led to 21 of the Packers' points, which shows how costly each was. Now through the opening four games of the season, Glennon has given up eight turnovers; something must be done.
Tonight's game between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers has a scheduled start time of 1 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the Fox network, or online through live stream by clicking here.