NFL: Panthers to pounce in London? And 6 other big questions for Week 6

Christian McCaffrey is carrying Carolina's offence - and making it look rather easy. Can he keep up his incredible pace in London this week?


Here are three things we learned last week:

Christian McCaffrey, while evidently destined by a superstar in the NFL based on his exploits at Stanford, has absolutely exceeded the mere mortal barometer that includes superstardom. He’s now the most exciting sportsman in the world to watch.

Patrick Mahomes cannot carry a team to a Super Bowl by himself. No player ever has, and his inability to beat man coverage is proving severely problematic for a Chiefs offence that has countless options against different zones.

LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 30: A general view of the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line and the Washington Redskins defensive line during the second half at FedExField on December 30, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

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The Oakland Raiders, maybe, just maybe, could make the postseason despite the pre-season antics.

I’m not sure Week 5 can be topped, but here are the questions I want answered.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – OCTOBER 06: Head coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers watches on during their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Bank of America Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Can Carolina make the adjustments?

So, we’ve established they have the best player in football.

But can they change their blocking scheme to cope with Tampa Bay’s league-leading rushing defence when they match-up in Tottenham’s new ground this week?

McCaffrey has gone off against every team they’ve faced other than the Bucs, who stopped him from landing a game-winning touchdown on a Thursday night in Week 2.

Which Team Wants it More?

‘It’ being the first overall pick, of course.

The Dolphins and Redskins are both 0-5 and headed straight for Tua City – the prize at the end of the tank-shaped rainbow come next April.

Neither team will want to win this game, so expect a combination of severe run-heavy offence and some bizarre trick plays to entertain a small crowd.

Let me tell you – there won’t be a worse game all season.

Can Teddy Bridge the Gap?

The Saints’ quarterback is Drew Brees. It does not matter how many touchdowns Teddy Bridgewater throws over the next month, he will be benched as soon as Brees can wiggle his thumb again.

But Teddy looks every bit a starter now, and he may well have just played himself into a nice, juicy contract come 2020.

If he continues in last week’s vain, there’ll be plenty of teams looking to secure his services for next season.

Is Mahomes Mortal?

Superheroes generally have an off-day.

Batman wasn’t always on the money with his crime-fighting, while Superman left a lot to be desired on occasion.

Can Patrick Mahomes, the face of his own brand of cereal, come back from a beatdown that he sustained last week?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns shakes hands with head coach Adam Gase of the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Browns defeated the Jets 23-3. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Does the Browns’ Season End in Week 6?

The AFC North isn’t quite the powerhouse division that some expected, and thus, it would be hard to completely rule out a team as talented as the Cleveland Browns.

But –

Presuming the Ravens beat the Bengals, the Wild Card race will start to become a real task for these Browns if they drop this home game against Seattle.

The competitiveness of this team could be sucked out of them already.

Are the Niners Elite?

Their first marquee win of the season, while being 4-0, came against Cleveland.

They’ve always been touted as a well-built team. They were even considered a good team after starting the season well.

But now – can they take that step into the Super Bowl picture?

A win over the Rams in Los Angeles would send out a message to the NFL, graciously signed by one Kyle Shanahan.

Who is Devlin Hodges?

Answers on a postcard, please.

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