Mark Sanchez makes his first start for the Eagles tonight, with Nick Foles out with a broken collarbone. He looked solid coming in for Foles last week, but he's still a wildcard in this one. Even with the Sanchez factor odds-makers have the Eagles as seven point favorites in this game, so buckle up and plan for a messy one.
As usual, I leave you with a few thoughts/stats about both teams.
The Eagles have been a fairly balanced offense so far this season (12th in passing yards, 15th in rushing yards), but look for them to lean on star RB LeSean McCoy with Nick Foles out.
Philly been fairly effective at getting to the quarterback this season (23 sacks, T-12 in the NFL), look for that to continue in this game with Carolina's weak offensive line.
This game features a match-up between a movable object (the Panthers defense) being met by an unstoppable force (the Eagles offense). The Eagles are averaging over 29 points per game, good for fifth in the NFL, while the Panthers are allowing 26 points per game, 9th worst mark in the NFL.
As mentioned before, the Panthers offensive line is awful. Aside from their center, Ryan Kalil, they are starting nothing but undrafted free agents, including a guy who was playing in Canada at this time last year.
The Panthers have the sixth worst run defense in the league, allowing over 130 YPG, so expect Shady McCoy to run rampant if the Eagles commit to the ground game.
If the Panthers are gonna get anything going, it's probably going to be through the air. The Eagles have the 10th worst passing defense in the league at 256.3 yards per game, which is something Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin should see some success against.
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