Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers Matchup Preview (10/10/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers Matchup Preview (10/10/21)

The Panthers finally suffered their first loss of the season last week in a 36-28 defeat to the Cowboys that wasn’t quite as close as the final score indicated – Carolina scored two touchdowns late after the game was already out of hand. The Panthers’ offense was much more predictable without Christian McCaffrey, and they will hope to have him back soon. Meanwhile, the Eagles suffered their second-straight blowout defeat and have all sorts of issues to sort out on both sides of the ball. Both teams will hope this game can be a chance to rebound from recent losses.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers Betting Odds

This game is a perfect spot for the Panthers to bounce back from a Week 4 loss as they return home to Carolina to take on a struggling Eagles team. Head coach Matt Rhule is hopeful that Christian McCaffrey will play this week, but Sam Darnold and D.J. Moore have been on a tear together even if he can’t. Carolina’s defense should also make life difficult for Jalen Hurts behind an injured offensive line. I trust that the Panthers can recover from their first loss of the year with a decisive win.

My predictions: Panthers win 30-24, Panthers cover, over 47 points

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TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, October 10th
Time: 10:00 AM ET
Location: Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, North Carolina
TV Coverage: FOX

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Philadelphia Eagles: OT Lane Johnson (personal) Q, OT Jordan Mailata (knee – MCL) Q, OG Isaac Seumalo (foot) IR, S K’Von Wallace (shoulder) IR, OG Brandon Brooks (pectoral) IR, DE Brandon Graham (Achilles) IR
Carolina Panthers: RB Christian McCaffrey (foot) Q, DE Yetur Gross-Matos (ankle) Q, CB Jaycee Horn (foot) IR, C Pat Elflein (hamstring) Q, CB Juston Burris (groin) IR

Philadelphia Eagles Analysis

If you’re a regular reader of my material on this site, you’ll know I’ve heavily faded on Jalen Hurts recently. Sure, he’s an excellent fantasy football weapon, thanks to his consistent rushing production. However, he’s only completed 62.7% of his passes over the last three weeks, and his final statistics over the past two weeks are inflated due to garbage time production. Hurts lacks downfield velocity and touch. His inability to stretch the defense out limits what the offense is capable of until later in games when defenses switch to prevent coverages.

Miles Sanders has been heavily impacted by Hurts’s lack of downfield passing hurting the offense. He has just nine carries for 40 yards in the last two games and hasn’t surpassed 100 yards from scrimmage since Week 1. The Panthers’ front seven has been massively improved from last season with tons of young talent and it’s going to limit Sanders’s ability to produce, particularly with all of the Eagles’ offensive line injuries. Brandon Brooks will miss several more weeks while Lane Johnson and Jordan Mailata remain on the injury report after missing last week’s game.

DeVonta Smith is coming off his best game as a professional NFL player as he racked up seven catches for 122 yards against the Chiefs. Much of that came in garbage time, but as the best pass-catcher on the team, Smith will see a lot of Donte Jackson this week. Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz will also be heavily involved and could be in for big games as the Panthers allowed six catches for 58 yards and a touchdown to Dalton Schultz last week. Kenneth Gainwell has emerged as a reliable pass-catcher, as well.

Defensively, Philadelphia is coming off a dreadful game against the Chiefs as Tyreek Hill railed off 11 catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns. No matter who lined up against Hill last week, they had minimal success. Of course, Hill is one of the most dynamic receiving weapons in the NFL, but Philly could have their hands full again this week with D.J. Moore. Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox, and Steven Nelson are solid cornerbacks, but the pass defense is concerning moving forward.

Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart

QB: Jalen Hurts
RB1: Miles Sanders
RB2: Kenneth Gainwell
WR1: DeVonta Smith
WR2: Jalen Reagor
WR3: Quez Watkins
TE1: Dallas Goedert
TE2: Zach Ertz

Carolina Panthers Analysis

The Panthers’ new quarterback Sam Darnold has been excellent in his debut season with the team, which was expected for anyone familiar with the successes of players who have left the clutches of Adam Gase. Darnold leads the entire NFL with five rushing touchdowns and has 1,189 passing yards, the sixth-most in the NFL. Darnold’s successes should continue this week against a beatable Chiefs defense.

Darnold’s strong play has helped D.J. Moore breakthrough this season with 30 catches for 398 yards and three touchdowns so far. Two of those touchdowns came last week against the Cowboys, and with Christian McCaffrey injured, Moore has become even more of a focal point in the offense. This season, Robby Anderson has taken a backseat and has just ten catches for 149 yards and a touchdown through four games. Terrace Marshall Jr. is an intriguing rookie, as well, rounding out a solid receiving corps.

With Christian McCaffrey out last week, Chuba Hubbard became the lead back and finished with just 13 carries for 57 yards. Hubbard didn’t see any targets despite the negative game script, and Carolina will be hopeful he can be more productive in the lead back role if CMC cannot play again this week. Carolina’s offensive line ranks 22nd in Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards metric, which measures overall run-blocking efficiency, so it’s not entirely Hubbard’s fault that he wasn’t as productive as the best running back in the league behind a middling offensively line.

The Panthers have heavily invested in their defense over the past few years, and it’s paying dividends this season as they rank third in points per game allowed as well as yards per game allowed. Haason Reddick, a free agency addition, leads the team with 4.5 sacks and seven QB hits, while Brian Burns has three and four QB hits. Donte Jackson, A.J. Bouye, and Jeremy Chinn round out a solid secondary, while C.J. Henderson should take on a more significant role this week in his second game with Carolina.

Carolina Panthers Depth Chart

QB: Sam Darnold
RB1: Christian McCaffrey
RB2: Chuba Hubbard
WR1: D.J. Moore
WR2: Robby Anderson
WR3: Terrace Marshall Jr.
TE1: Tommy Tremble
TE2: Ian Thomas

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