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PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton's yardage totals are down from the previous two seasons, but the team's wins are up. That's due in part to Newton understanding he doesn't have to do it all anymore and he can rely on his teammates. Newton has spread the ball around and sprinkled in big, timely runs to help spark the Panthers' eight-game win streak.
By Steve Reed. 850 words, photos, sent in advance for Dec. 7 release.
GAME OF THE WEEK
CINCINNATI — Peyton Manning was pushed away. Carson Palmer simply wanted out. Two franchises located about 100 miles apart were losing their franchise quarterbacks, facing their own crossroads. They've recovered quickly with young quarterbacks that have them in position to win division titles. Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts can clinch the AFC South title with a win on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, where the Bengals are trying to move one win closer to a title of their own.
By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, sent in advance for Dec. 7 release.