Thursday Night Special: Eagles vs Panthers Preview by Daniel Farr
In a Thursday night showdown of 4-1 teams, the Philadelphia Eagles go on the road as severe underdogs against the Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton is back, and he is back to being ‘Super-Cam.’ Newton is playing with that swagger we all fell in love with two-years ago. In Newton’s last two games against the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions, he tossed three touchdowns in each of those games and won the games in very impressive fashion. Even though the Panthers are without their security blanket in tight end Greg Olsen, they still have quite a powerful offense. Big-bodied wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin has almost 300-yards through five-weeks and the other Panther receiver Devin Funchess, has an eye-opening eleven-yards per catch and three-touchdowns, while rookie running back Christian Mccaffrey scored his first touchdown last week. Carolina is anything but a one-sided team, they have a terrific linebacking crew, and a very solid defensive line. Through five-weeks the Panthers have 17-sacks, and the Eagles will be without arguably the best right tackle in the league, Lane Johnson. Philadelphia must stay patient and not abandon the running game, especially because persistent rain is expected in Carolina tonight. Second year player, Carson Wentz continues to grow and show the league he is arguably a top-five quarterback in the NFL today. Last week Wentz threw for a near 300-yards and four-touchdowns. Philadelphia’s offseason acquisitions appear to be paying dividends, running back LeGarrette Blount has over 300-hundred yards and is averaging almost six-yards a carry. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey has 20-catches, two-touchdowns, and almost 250-yards, speedster Torrey Smith has 13-catches, more than 200-yards, and one-touchdown. Wentz has been un-real on third down, last game on that down he went 11-for-12 had 225-yards, and three touchdowns, the sophomore quarterback loves football and has the ‘IT” factor, on a short week his preparation will be key. For Philadelphia to win, their defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz must be creative and find ways to pressure Newton and make him frustrated. Due to the rainy weather and the Eagles getting back defensive star Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia wins the game 31-27.