2015 Sunday Night NFL Preview – Philadelphia vs. Carolina

The Sunday Night Football matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) and the Carolina Panthers (5-0) offers sports bettors good value. The spread has the Panthers at either minus 3.0 or 3.5, while the over/under is at 45.5. The Eagles are coming off a solid win last week against the Giants, beating them 27-20. The undefeated Panthers, who are doing what it takes to win, travelled to Seattle last week and beat the Seahawks 27-23.

Philadelphia Offense vs. Panthers Defense

The Philadelphia offense generates yards on the ground efficiently and quickly. The Eagle running attack is led by Ryan Matthews (4.9 AVG, 2 TDs) and includes DeMarco Murray (3.5 AVG, 3 TDs) and Darren Sproles (4.0 AVG, 1 TD). The more running and less passing the Eagles can do the better. QB Sam Bradford has tossed as many interceptions as touchdown passes, nine, while completing 62.3% of his throws. His main outlet man is Jordan Matthews with 36 catches, 1 TD and an average of 10.7 YPC

On defense, CB Josh Norman is having a career year. Norman has four picks, which is half of the team’s interceptions, and has eight passes defended. He’s also forced and recovered a fumble and scored twice. LB Thomas Davis, who is also having a fine year, has two sacks, two tackles for a loss, three passes defended and two interceptions. This is a very tight and resilient defense that should do well against Bradford.

Carolina Offense vs. Eagles Defence

Panther QB Can Newton is a true double-threat. An able passer and avid running, he can take defenses apart due to his versatility. Newton, who has 8 touchdown passes and 4 picks, has had accuracy problems this season, hitting just 55.5% of his passes. But he manages to make up for that in his ability to run the ball. As the club’s second leading rusher, he has 225 total yards, 3 rushing TDs, and an average of 4.5 YPC.

RB Jonathan Stewart has performed well. With 3.8 YPC and 2 TDs, he’s run for 298 yards. Top pass catchers include TE Greg Olsen (24 REC, 15.6 AVG, 3 TDs) and Ted Ginn Jr. (13 Rec, 17.2 AVG, 3 TDs).

Philadelphia’s defense is their strength. When they are playing their best, the Eagles have every chance of winning. Their stats are impressive and include 14 sacks, 21 tackles for a loss, 8 INTs, and 10 forced fumbles with 8 recovered. Thus, the Carolina offense will surely have its hands full against this D. Players to watch this week include DE Fletcher Cox (5 sacks, # FF, 2 RECOV), DB Walter Thurmond III (30 TCKLS, 4 TCKLoss, 4 PD, 3 INTs), and FS Malcolm Jenkins (41 TCKLS, 7 TCKLoss, 3 PD, 3 FF, 1 RECOV).

Other Considerations

Philly placekicker Caleb Sturgis had a good game against the Giants last week going 2 of 2 on field goals and perfect on extra points. He seems to be the solution to the Eagles’ kicking problems. For Carolina, placekicker Graham Gano is 8 of 11 and 0 for 2 at 50-plus yards.

Philly, at 3-3, is coming off a big win against the Giants. Can they find consistency this week and finally put a winning record on the board in 2015? For the Panthers this game falls on Cam Newton’s shoulders and his ability to deal with what will be a nagging defense. He needs to play mistake-free football.

Best Bets

This is not an easy call to make. We like the under on this one, mainly due to the fact that these are two strong defenses. We’re also going with Carolina at -3.0 to win. We expect Newton to perform better than Bradford, the Philly club to have a bit of a letdown, and the home turf advantage to help the Panthers.

October 25, 2015 by : Posted in NFL, Sportsbook No Comments

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