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TNF: Panthers Preparing to Host Eagles in Primetime

October 12, 2017 • Ben Heck • Carolina Panthers, Front Page, NFC East, NFC South, Philadelphia Eagles, Preview

Tonight’s Week 6 Thursday Night Football showdown features a pair of 4-1 teams looking to prove they’re legitimate contenders this season.

Philadelphia’s lone loss this year came at the hands of the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs (27-20), and the Eagles were still in it until the end of the game. A few things go their way, and they may be 5-0 right now.

Second-year quarterback Carson Wentz is really coming into his own, and a few of his weapons have impressed so far this year.

Running back LeGarrette Blount is averaging 5.8 yards per carry on his 56 attempts, while tight end Zach Ertz is leading the team in receiving with 387 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

For the Panthers offensively, it appears that Cam Newton is finally getting back to what he once was, but with rookie running back Christian McCaffrey struggling (34 carries, 96 yards), the run game is left to 30-year old Jonathan Stewart (251 yards on 77 carries).

Over the last three weeks, Philadelphia has run the ball 33 or more times. All three games have resulted in wins. Keep Wentz to around 30 pass attempts, run the ball about 30-35 times and Philadelphia should be able to control the time of possession and keep Cam off the field long enough to put up 30 points on Carolina’s defense.

Prediction: Eagles improve to 5-1 on the season, defeat Panthers 27-17.

Photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

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