The evidence comes in dribs and drabs -- I still think Tennessee (9-0) and Carolina (7-2) are the two teams that have the greatest disparity between their record and how good the general public/media thinks they are. Here's a link to the current NFL standings.
And here's something: The Panthers' Nov.23 game at Atlanta has been moved from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. so it can be shown to a wider audience on FOX. Atlanta (6-3) has been a major surprise too and so that game sounds a lot better now than it did over the summer.
I also think the Panthers' game Dec.21 vs. the New York Giants will be moved -- that one's a road game, too. It's currently a 1 p.m. start -- I would think it will go into either the 4:15 p.m. or the 8:30 p.m. slot for TV purposes instead. That game will be huge. It could determine who gets homefield advantage throughout the playoffs and at the very least will have some sort of major playoff implications.
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