Carolina at Tampa Bay: The Panthers (5-2) looked refreshed after their bye week in a 38-13 victory over the Vikings. Quarterback Jake Delhomme threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and wide receiver Steve Smith had 201 yards receiving and one touchdown on 11 catches. With inexperienced quarterback Chris Simms starting, the Buccaneers (5-2) suffered a bad loss to the 49ers, 15-10.
Philadelphia at Washington: The Eagles and Redskins play an important division game at night on national television after each team lost on the road yesterday. Philadelphia (4-3) made things somewhat interesting against the Broncos, rallying from a 28-0 deficit before losing, 49-21. The Redskins (4-3) fared far worse, losing to the Giants, 36-0, for their first division loss of the season. The Redskins were held to 125 yards, including 38 rushing.
Indianapolis at New England: This game was among the highlights of the "Monday Night Football" schedule because it figured to have an impact on home-field advantage in the playoffs. Now it looks as if that won't be an issue with the Colts at 7-0 and the Patriots 4-3. The Patriots have beaten the Colts six straight times, including twice in the playoffs. Last season, New England held the Colts' potent offense without a touchdown in a 20-3 win in the AFC semifinals.