PHILADELPHIA, PA –
After a “Giant” win last week, the Eagles are looking to keep it going against Cam Newton and the 3-2 Panthers. Here’s what to watch for on Sunday:
1. Another Pass Catching RB- The Eagles will be going up against another one of the premier pass-catching running backs in the NFL in Christian McCaffrey. They have been burnt multiple times this season by guys like Saquon Barkley and Dion Lewis so hopefully, they have learned their lesson. Look for Jenkins to be shadowing McCaffrey for a good portion of the game.
2. Adding Another RB in the Mix?- This is the week for Smallwood and Clement to really prove to the front office that there is no need for an additional running back. While they didn’t play horribly, the average combined yards per carry for the duo was a mediocre 3.24. If Smallwood and Clement aren’t able to prove themselves this week, the Eagles could look a little bit further into the Le’Veon Bell sweepstakes with the trade deadline fast approaching.
3. The Alshon Jeffery Show- Regardless of the Eagles being 1-2 in their last 3 games, the offense has been much better since Alshon Jeffery has returned. In 2 out of his first 3 weeks back, Alshon Jeffery has more than proved why he deserved that big contract this past off-season. This is another matchup where Alshon can get physical in the red zone and let Wentz find him for another touchdown or two.
4. Can Carson Keep it Going- Carson Wentz has quietly been putting up an even better season than he did last year when he was widely considered the front-runner for MVP before tearing an ACL. This is a very good matchup for Wentz to keep this going. Andy Dalton and Eli Manning have both thrown for 300+ yards and multiple touchdowns against a middling Panther’s secondary. This could be the week that Wentz opens some eyes and thrusts himself into MVP talks again.
5. An Easier Matchup for the Secondary- For the first time in what feels like forever, it looks like the Eagle’s secondary could have a relatively easy matchup. Devin Funchess is the lead wide receiver for the Panthers, followed by the aging Torrey Smith and rookie, D.J. Moore who has been disappointing so far. Darby and Mills both stepped up last week and we could see them turn a corner on the season if they can do it again in week 7.
Tune in to Fox at 1PM to watch the Eagles take on the Panthers. You can also follow the action and join the conversation as we live tweet on Twitter: @BirdsInformer during the game.