By Matt Citak
The Eagles (four-1) entered the 2017 season as considerably of an afterthought within the race for the NFC East title. However 5 video games into the yr, Philadelphia finds itself sitting atop the division with a 1 1/2-recreation lead over the Washington Redskins and two-recreation lead over the Cowboys. The Eagles have been led by the robust play of second-yr quarterback Carson Wentz, who’s presently sixth within the NFL in passing yards (1,362) and passing touchdowns (10). The Eagles’ offense has been clicking on all cylinders, because it ranks third within the NFL in yards per recreation with 397.eight yards and is tied for sixth in scoring with 27.four factors per recreation.
Whereas the offense has discovered lots of success, Philadelphia’s protection has endured extra of a curler coaster experience in 2017. The Eagles’ rush protection has been excellent, surrendering solely sixty two.eight dashing yards per recreation, which ranks second within the NFL. Its entrance seven has performed strong soccer all yr, however the identical can’t be stated concerning the workforce’s secondary, which is permitting 283.three passing yards allowed per recreation, twenty ninth within the league. The Eagles will want their defensive backs to step up Thursday night time to seize a win on the street.
Carolina (four-1) additionally enters this week’s Thursday Night time Soccer contest main its division. Panthers QB Cam Newton missed coaching camp and a lot of the preseason recovering from shoulder surgical procedure, and it confirmed early on within the season. Newton threw for 566 yards, two touchdowns and 4 interceptions in Carolina’s first three video games, however appears to have shaken off the rust the previous two weeks. Within the Panthers’ final two victories, Newton has accomplished seventy seven.four % of his passes for 671 yards, six touchdowns, and just one interception, including forty four yards and a landing on the bottom.
The Panthers have been aided considerably by the good general play from its protection. Carolina presently ranks fifth within the league in passing yards allowed (194.2 yards per recreation) and sixth in dashing yards allowed (seventy nine.eight yards per recreation), whereas its 18.eight factors allowed per recreation places them ninth within the NFL. The Panthers have pulled off some spectacular victories over the Patriots, Lions, and Payments, and can look to proceed their profitable methods at Financial institution of America Stadium on Thursday.
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