- The NFL's top third-down passer, and one of its stars coming off a controversy, meet in a critical short-rest matchup Thursday when the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Carolina Panthers. Both division leaders are 4-1 after triumphs Sunday, the Eagles routing Arizona 34-7 while the Panthers edged Detroit 27-24, and only the Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) have a better record this season. But they face each other after only three days off in a what could prove a key test between top National Conference playoff contenders. "We're finding ways to keep getting better. Good for our morale as a whole," said Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who is trying to move past a sexist remark he made to a woman reporter last week, one for which he later apologized. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has completed an NFL-best 37 third-down passes and managed 11 yards per attempt on third down along with six third-down touchdown tosses.