How can I watch the Eagles and the Panthers? Ellington has played the most snaps in each and every game this season. Former Eagles coach Chip Kelly once said the only way they could simulate Newton in practice was by borrowing a power forward from the Sixers. Carolina has shown that they can win in different ways, winning low-scoring affairs in Weeks 1 and 2, while needing at least 27 points to win in Weeks 4 and 5.
KEYS TO THE GAME: Not that it's unusual, but this game is surely a tale of two quarterbacks.
In addition to his improved shoulder strength, Newton has benefited from a revamped offense that features more short-to-intermediate routes and not as many deep throws. This game's over/under comes in at a combined 46 points.
"Offensively, we can be dynamic, we can be explosive", Wentz said. "Situational football is huge". The Panthers allowed the Lions to rally within a field goal with three minutes to go but secured the outright victory as two-point dogs with a big third-down conversion from quarterback Cam Newton.
A large part of the Eagles' third-down success has been a commitment to the run.
With only three full days between games, the teams are looking at the quick turnaround as one of the challenges.
Obviously, it will be tough for both teams this week as they are on limited time to recuperate from last Sunday. With that in mind, it would be no understatement to say that this year's Philadelphia squad is for real. But since the Birds rank sub-20 in total and pass defense, it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see this game turn into a bit of a shootout. "Big V had tons of valuable experience a year ago". The next team listed in the NFC just so happens to be their opponents for this week. Will it be the visiting Eagles or the hometown Panthers? Statistically, on the surface, there's very little difference, but the number of big plays and confidence in the personnel gives this season a very different feel from last. If the Eagles can't get Kuechly blocked, though, it's going to be a long night. The franchise's all-time leader in tackles has been hampered by some ailments, but he continues to make an impact. In consecutive weeks, Carolina allowed Brees and Brady to combine for 527 passing yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions while completing well over 70 percent of their passes. While only Week 6, this game could have definite playoff implications down the road. Has 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.) in past 11 on road. Yes, the Eagles are fifth in rushing yards at 139 yards on the ground per game, but numbers can be deceiving. WR Nelson Agholor led team with career-high 93 rec. yards & TD last week. DE Brandon Graham has 3.5 sacks & FF in past 5.
Cam Newton and Carson Wentz are two of the hottest quarterbacks in the league. Has 5 rush TDs in 6 career Thursday games. WR Devin Funchess has 14 catches for 123 yards & 3 TDs in past 2. 49-yard INT-TD.
Notes: Tackle Lane Johnson (concussion) did not practice Tuesday and is also expected to miss the game. Worley, who starred at West Virginia in college, said that was the last Philadelphia game he's watched. His likely absence tips the scales in Carolina's favor.
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