Thursday Night – Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers
This matchup has all the makings of one of the best Thursday Night Football games we’ll see all year. We’ve got two teams looking to prove themselves with mobile quarterbacks at the helm. While the Eagles are trying to earn back some respect from the rest of the league as they finish their rebuilding process, the Panthers are looking to get back into that elite echelon and compete for a Super Bowl again. Thursday night in prime time is as good a time as any to make your mark on the league and neither time will want to pass this opportunity up.
Keys to the Game
Philly is going to need to pass the ball effectively to win this one. We all know how ferocious that Carolina front seven can be, but their secondary is every bit as bad as the front seven is good. Wentz and the Eagles will need to capitalize on that without turning the ball over. This game has all the makings of a potential shootout, so Wentz will need to be on his game. The Eagles won’t be in this game without him. If they get a few hundred yards and a couple scores out of Wentz, they’ll be in good position to get a road win in this one.
Carolina is going to need a good game out of Cam Newton. The Panthers’ secondary is going to give up points, so Cam will have to put the team on his back and go get some points of his own. Whether it’s through the air or on the ground, Carolina is going to need Cam to take over. The other key here would be if their defense could force a couple turnovers. As good as Wentz has looked, he’s still young and prone to mistakes. Forcing a turnover or two would take the heat off the secondary a bit more and give Cam a little more breathing room on offense.