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It's an NFC showdown as the Eagles take on the Panthers for tonight's edition of Sunday Night Football. Share your thoughts live during the game with fellow fans right here on Battle Red Blog.

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Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

The Eagles head to Carolina on a two-game winning streak after a 27-7 victory over their division rival New York Giants (3-3) last week.  They are now in first place of the NFC East.  QB Sam Bradford continues to struggle, but he has the support of his coach.

NFL.com reports:

Philadelphia is 3-3 after their 27-7 Monday night win against New York Giants -- in a game during which it seemed like both Eli Manning and Bradford were playing hot potato with the football. The two quarterbacks accounted for five of the game's seven turnovers.

Bradford has nine interceptions to go with his nine touchdown passes on the season. Yet Chip Kelly remains steadfast that Bradford is the team's quarterback.

"Sam's our quarterback. We have full confidence in Sam," Kelly told reporters Tuesday.

The play of Bradford thus far this season has No. 2 quarterback written all over him, but it would be a bit of an overreaction to pull the plug on the oft-injured QB with the team currently leading the division.

To help turn around Bradford and the offense, Kelly pointed out the team needs to get on the practice field.

"It's drill work. Obviously, a lot of situations we do in the training, like (with every team), are controlled situations. When it comes to the game, it's an uncontrolled situation. We need to simulate it as best we can, but you also can't go live, full-go, and have a rush get after him and try to hit him in practice, just because you don't want to lose your quarterback in practice."

Carolina Panthers (5-0)

The Panthers remain undefeated after a 27-23 win over the the Seahawks (3-4) in Seattle last week, and they are ranked third overall in the league in rushing.

QB Cam Newton is having a solid year in leading the Panthers' offense, as noted in this article from NFL.com:

Newton has enjoyed some great moments in his young career. He helped beat the Patriots on Monday Night Football in 2013, and had a game-winning drive to win the NFC South that year. But we believe his back-to-back touchdown drives to steal this game in Seattle qualifies as the most impressive moment of his career. He delivered dart after dart with 162 yards in the fourth quarter, often slicing through tight coverage with heaters through the seams of the Seahawks' defense.

Newton struggled to throw the ball until late in the first half, but his ability to respond to key moments with a big touchdown drive was uncanny. When the Seahawks took a 20-7 lead late in the third quarter, Newton dialed up a terrific 80-yard touchdown drive. When the Seahawks took a two score lead in the fourth quarter, Newton led back-to-back long drives. These drives weren't cheap: All four scoring drives took 80 yards. Carolina's other nine drives totaled 63 yards combined.

Here is the comparison from NFL.com:

That's your preview for tonight's game.  The floor is open for your comments, and the usual rules apply.

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