Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles: MNF Preview and Result
Carolina cruised to a 30-22 win over Philadelphia on the back of four touchdowns from Cam Newton.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ season has gone from bad to worse. They have lost six straight games and will be without starting quarterback Michael Vick and starting running back LeSean McCoy against the Panthers. Carolina has more than enough problems to deal with as well. The Panthers have just one win in their eight games and average just 18.4 points per game.
Bring on the Backups
Rookie quarterback Nick Foles will make his second start of the season for Philadelphia and will be looking to get out of the gate better this time around. He threw interceptions in his first two possessions in last week’s 31-6 blowout loss to Washington. The 6-foot-6, 243-pounder completed just 21 of his 46 pass attempts for 204 yards and will miss McCoy in the backfield this week. McCoy suffered a concussion late in last week’s game and will be replaced in the starting lineup by Bryce Brown. The rookie picked up 35 yards on five carries against Washington and will likely face a heavy workload against Carolina. The Panthers allow about 118 yards per game on the ground.
“Obviously nobody wants to play the way we’ve been playing, nobody wants to coach the way we’ve been coaching,” Philly head coach Andy Reid told reporters. “We don’t want that. We owe it to each other, we owe it to this city to play better. As long as guys own up to that, coaches and players, that’s the way you get better and then you work on the things that you’re not doing well. Get yourself right.”
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton has struggled through a sophomore slump for most of the year, but put up some solid numbers in last week’s 27-21 overtime loss to Tampa Bay. Newton completed 16 of 29 passing attempts for 252 yards and a touchdown and gained 40 rushing yards on 11 carries. Newton now has four passing touchdowns and two picks in his last three games and he’s excited to be featured in the MNF spotlight. “Playing football for as long as a lot of guys have been playing, ‘Monday Night Football,’ the song just plays in everyone’s head when you talk about the NFL,” Newton told reporters. “Prime-time game, everyone’s going to be watching. It’s the iconic stage that everyone would like to be on. I think it’s going to bring the best out of a lot of players.”
If the Eagles can’t pick up a win at home, this might be the last time you’ll see Reid on the Philadelphia sideline. Eagles fans have already turned on this team and it’s a lot to ask Foles and Brown to carry this offence at this point in their young careers. Maybe this is the game that Cam Newton really breaks out. Final score prediction: Carolina 24, Philadelphia 14.