It seems like just yesterday American football aficionados were waiting for what felt like an eternity for the 2016 NFL season to begin.
Yet, here we are, already through one quarter of the new campaign as we head into a Week 5 that projects to be laden with enough storylines and plot twists to make a presidential election cycle jealous.
In Week 5, Monday Night Football features two disappointing NFC South teams, as the 1-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel north to take on the surprisingly 1-3 Carolina Panthers.
The Buccaneers put forth a forgettable effort in Week 4 against the Denver Broncos, losing to the defending Super Bowl champions by a score of 27-7.
But Week 4 was much worse for the Panthers. Not only did Carolina lose to their NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons 48-33, but superstar quarterback Cam Newton was knocked out of the game in what can only be described as an absolutely devastating development.
Newton is still in concussion protocol and will be inactive for Monday Night Football. Thus, this is truly a showdown of teams that need a win to save their season from spiraling out of control.
So, will Dirk Koetter's bunch take advantage of Carolina's bad luck and cement a huge road win, or will Ron Rivera figure out a way to get enough out of backup quarterback Derek Anderson to be victorious in front of the Bank of America Stadium faithful?
Find out with these five bold predictions.
Jameis Winston Is Nowhere To Be Found
Let's be honest: Thus far in 2016, Jameis Winston looks nothing like the quarterback who tallied 4,042 yards and and 22 TDs as a rookie last season.