Monday, November 26, 2012
How you feeling? Eagles-Panthers
By Dan Graziano
PHILADELPHIA -- As the Philadelphia Eagles prepare to host the Carolina Panthers tonight on "Monday Night Football" on ESPN, here's one reason for Eagles fans to feel good and one reason for concern.
Feeling good: Not that the Eagles have been adept at forcing turnovers (only 10 this year, tied for second-fewest in the league), but the Panthers do have a tendency to commit them. Carolina has thrown 10 interceptions and lost eight fumbles this season, and quarterback Cam Newton has been more erratic this year than he was during his 2011 rookie season. If the Eagles can position themselves to take advantage of opportunities on defense, there's a chance the Panthers could offer them a few.
Cause for concern: This category's a lot easier for the Eagles this week, and there are many candidates, but I'm going with the fact that the Eagles are likely playing without six of their preseason-projected starters on offense. Quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy are out with concussions, and four-fifths of the Eagles' planned offensive line is struggling with various injuries. In what already looked as though it would be a low-scoring affair between the No. 28 and No. 31 scoring offenses in the league, Philadelphia's (No. 31) is the one that's hurting more. It's going to be up to rookie quarterback Nick Foles and rookie running back Bryce Brown to try and stop the Eagles' six-game losing streak by outscoring Newton and the Panthers.