​Tonight's Thursday Night Football matchup between the Carolina Panthers and the Philadelphia Eagles could be one of the best games of the year.


No, that's not a typo.


Two of the NFC's best are going at it this evening.


The Carolina Panthers are coming in red-hot after outlasting two tough teams, the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions. More importantly, Cam Newton out-dueled the greatest QB of all time, Tom Brady, and the highest paid player in NFL history, Matthew Stafford, in back to back weeks.


Suddenly, Cam is on his way back to looking like the guy who took NFL MVP honors in 2015.

​​Of course, the Panthers have every reason to be worried about the Eagles tonight. Doug Pederson's team is flying high, and is arguably the most dominant group in the NFL right now.

While Philadelphia's wins are largely over scrubs (Cardinals, Giants, Redskins and Chargers), don't let anyone tell you they're not legit. ​With arguably the best offensive and defensive lines in football, quarterback Carson Wentz ​lighting the NFL on fire, and offensive weapons all over the field, this year's edition of the Eagles looks like the most complete version since Andy Reid's departure five years ago.

Facing Brady and Stafford in back-to-back games, then not having a second to catch their breath as the Eagles swoop in on a short week? It's not terribly fair to Carolina, really. But if anyone in the NFC is built to withstand such a burden, it's the Panthers, who return to the comforts of home for the first time since Week 3.


Thursday night's aren't supposed to be this fun, folks-- keep your eyes trained on this one. Pole position in the NFC is on the line, however improbable such a thing may have sounded just a few short weeks ago.