Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles (-7,
The Philadelphia Eagles begin life without quarterback Nick
Foles when they host the scuffling Carolina Panthers on Monday
night. Foles was injured late in the first quarter of last
week’s 31-21 win at Houston, giving the Eagles three quarters
to acclimate Mark Sanchez to the starting role. Sanchez was
solid against the Texans, and the team feels good about his
chances for success against a Panthers team that has given up
30.7 points over its last seven games.
“Mark can play, man,” said Philadelphia wideout Jeremy Maclin,
the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week. “There’s no
question about it. He’s also surrounded by a lot more talent
than what he had in New York, so the sky’s the limit.” The
Panthers, meanwhile, have only one win since Sept. 14 but
should benefit from the return of two key offensive linemen as
Cam Newton looks to regain his consistency. “A lot of it is not
just about him,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. “We can put it
all on the quarterback and say it’s all about the quarterback,
but this is a team game.”
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.
LINE HISTORY: The Eagles opened as 6-point
home faves, but that has moved to -7. The total opened 48 and
has gone up a half-point.
INJURY REPORT: Panthers – G Amini Silatolu
(Questionable, calf), G Trai Turner (Questionable, knee), S
Thomas DeCoud (Questionable, hamstring), WR Philly Brown
(Probable, concussion). Eagles – S Nate Allen
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Panthers (+2.5) +
Eagles (-3.5) + home field (-3.0) = Eagles -9.0
WEATHER FORECAST: Temperatures will be in the
low-50s with wind blowing toward the north endzone at 3 mph.
WHAT EXPERTS SAY: “Carolina is just a game out
of first place in the NFC South despite a three-game losing
streak. Off Thursday’s loss to Saints and is 0-5-1 ATS in last
six after New Orleans. Philadelphia will be without Nick Foles
for eight weeks and will lean on Mark Sanchez for the rest of
the regular season. 2-8 ATS in last 10 vs. teams with a losing
road record.” Covers
Expert Matt Fargo.
ABOUT THE PANTHERS (3-5-1 SU, 5-4 ATS, 5-4 O/U
): Left tackle Byron Bell and left guard Amini
Silatolu are slated to return for Carolina, which ranks 20th in
the league in passing yards and 26th in rushing yards. The
Panthers have scored a total of 36 points in their last three
games with Newton throwing for just 176 yards per contest
during that stretch. On the bright side, Luke Kuechly continues
to lead the league in tackles with 97 and has an NFL-high 417
tackles since entering the league in 2012.
ABOUT THE EAGLES (6-2 SU, 5-3 ATS, 5-3 O/U): After
Foles broke his collarbone, Sanchez threw two touchdowns and a
pair of interceptions last week in his first regular-season
action since December 2012. The focus of the offense will
continue to be Maclin, who has 18 catches for 345 yards and
four touchdowns in his last two games, and LeSean McCoy, whose
four most productive games of the season have come in his last
four outings. Philadelphia’s biggest concern heading into
Monday night’s contest is likely how to replace linebacker
DeMeco Ryans, who tore his Achilles tendon last weekend and
will be replaced by a trio of relative unknowns in the middle
of the Eagles’ 3-4 scheme.
* Over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
* Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games.
* Under is 11-2 in Panthers last 13 vs. NFC.
* Over is 7-1-1 in Eagles last nine Monday games.
COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers
Consensus, 60 percent of bets are backing the Eagles.