NFL Preview – Philadelphia Eagles @ Carolina Panthers

NFL Preview – Philadelphia Eagles @ Carolina Panthers

NFL Preview – Philadelphia Eagles @ Carolina Panthers

The halfway point of the NFL season is swiftly approaching next week and it’s in this point of the season, week seven, where teams begin upping their quality of play in order to challenge for a coveted playoff place. Because of this, games will start becoming really competitive and great to watch. The final game we’ll be taking a look at is the Sunday Night Football game. A high-odds NFC match-up which has divisional supremacy on the line sees the Philadelphia Eagles make the trip down south to Charlotte, North Carolina, to take on the Carolina Panthers.

The Carolina Panthers were considered the weakest of the five undefeated NFL teams, however after a huge win against the Seattle Seahawks last week, they’re now being taken very seriously. We’re backing them to carry on rolling and we’ll be taking the Panthers -3 at odds of 23/25 with 888 Sport. You can get ‘Treble the Odds’ with your first bet with 888 Sport!

The Carolina Panthers were the winning team of a notoriously bad NFC South division last year where they only achieved seven wins. The only team in NFL history to win a division with a losing record. They then made waves in the Playoffs, advancing past the Wild Card Round before giving the eventual NFC Champions, the Seattle Seahawks, a hell of a game, narrowly losing. They made amends this season, winning five games from fiveand leading the division. They were helped after the Atlanta Flacons were upset on Thursday Night Football in week six, losing their unbeaten record to the New Orleans Saints. With now firm control over the NFC and Cam Newton playing like a rightful MVP, the Panthers will be keen to continue their season with another big victory tonight.

Cam Newton’s stats probably don’t attest to the statement that he’s having an MVP season, but considering the offensive weapons on his team are largely non-exsistent, he really is doing well to have led his team to an undefeated record. Newton has completed 55% of his passes for 1,078 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Greg Olsen and Ted Ginn Jr have picked up most of the aerial work load, combining for 598 yards and six touchdowns. Jonathan Stewart has been the leader of the Carolina ground game this season, posting 298 yards and two touchdowns. The Carolina defence has been as solid as ever, allowing only 19 points per game and 338 yards per game on average.

The Philadelphia Eagles under Chip Kelly has seen this team shaken to the core with changes all over the team. They traded for DeMarco Murray, Sam Bradford and Kiko Alonso which saw them dispatch of Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy. The changes has seen them take this season to a 3-3 record which is actually so far good enough to see them top of the NFC East. The NFC East may be the toughest division in football, with all four teams seperated by a single win, meaning the pressure is on the Eagles to start seeing their changes pay off as they hope to take a firm hold of the division.

Sam Bradford leading this team has been doing better than the person he succeeded, Nick Foles, and he has certainly settled into this team’s offence more so than what Foles has done in St. Louis. That being said, his touchdown to interception ratio is still a slight concern as he has thrown nine of each. He is managing to complete 64% of his passes for 1,561 yards. Riley Cooper, Zach Ertz and Jordan Matthews have combined for 796 yards through the air and three touchdowns. The Eagles might have the best Running Back corp in the NFL, with a committee set-up of DeMarco Murray, Ryan Matthews and Darren Sproles leading the charge. Matthews has been the star so far, running for 245 yards and two touchdowns. They’ve been pretty good defensively, only allowing 18 points per game and 355 yards per game on average.

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It’s quite a surprise that with the way the Carolina Panthers are playing, they’re favourites but only by just over a field goal with only -3.0 in their favour. However it is a battle between two division leading teams so it’s easy to see why that is the spread. The Panthers have covered the spread 4-1 in their last five games following a win and they have covered the spread 4-1 in their last five games overall. The Philadelphia Eagles are 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings between these two teams, however they are 7-16-1 against teams with a winning record.

I can quite convincingly say that I’m going to be rolling with the Panthers in this tilt. As it goes, this team just isn’t that good. I can’t invest my trust in a Quarterback who is throwing as many interceptions as he is touchdowns, that is especially the case in this tilt against an ironman defence which the Carolina Panthers have. With Cam Newton performing the way he is with little help from the rest of his offence, it’s incredibly hard to back against the Panthers right now. I truly think this will be a roll over victory for the Panthers and they will cover the -3 spread with ease, simply because this Eagles team just isn’t that good.

Dan Glozier.

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