Thursday Night Football: Eagles vs Panthers

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Updated: October 11, 2017

 

Thursday Night Football Betting Preview: Big NFC Showdown

Thursday night football is almost here and it finally gives us something to talk about besides who is kneeling where and what Adrian Peterson has left in the tank. This week’s matchup is a good one as a pair of 4-1 teams square off as the Philadelphia Eagles travel to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC to take on the Carolina Panthers.

Both teams enter the week off big wins as the Eagles trounced the hapless Arizona Cardinals 34-7 at home while the Panthers went on the road and held on versus the Detroit Lions 27-24. Betting odds opened Carolina as a -3 point favorite with the number currently touching -3.5 at a few offshore shops and heading in that direction at others.  The game total opened at 44.5 and has been pushed to primarily 45.5 at most offshore betting shops. A lot at stake here at winner has a 5-1 record and a commanding early spot in the NFC playoff race.

Why The Eagles Will Win

The Eagles currently reign supreme in the NFC East at 4-1 (3-2 ATS). They are led by an offense that ranks third in the NFL in total yards and fifth in points at 27.4 per game. Carson Wentz has started the year on fire throwing for 1,362 yards with 10 touchdowns versus only 3 interceptions this season. They are currently on a 3 game winning streak (albeit vs teams whose current record total 3-12) and everything is coming up Eagles in recent weeks.

This season when people talk Philadelphia a lot of the talk revolves around the offense but their defense has been stout as well. The front seven currently ranks second against the rush after holding the Cardinals to 31 rushing yards as a team last week in outrushing them 122-31. Their front seven is very highly rated while their secondary is considered a little below average.

Philadelphia will need a big defensive effort to slow down the hot Panthers offense while they will need their offense to continue to put up points versus a Panthers defense that seems willing to give up points to potent offenses. They will be trying to snap 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS losing streak against teams with winning records on the road.

Why The Panthers Will Win

The Panthers also currently sit atop the standings leading the NFC South with a 4-1 record(3-1-1 ATS). For the second straight week, Cam Newton looked to be possibly regaining his MVP form as he threw for 365 yards with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. Newton was forced to win the game with his arm as the run game was basically stifled by the Lions as the Panthers only gained 28 yards on the ground averaging 1.0 yard per carry.

The Panthers defense currently ranks fifth in total yards allowed at 274 per game and ninth in overall points allowed at 18.8 per. A closer look at the defense reveals some all or nothing in play though as they have allowed only 3 points to anemic offenses of the 49ers and Bills while giving up 30 and 34 to the Patriots and Saints(their only loss). They gave up 27 to the Lions last week but 14 of that was in the fourth quarter when they had a commanding lead they were trying to protect.

 

These two teams look pretty evenly matched on paper and should continue to hold the recent trend of close Thursday Night Football games. May come down to home field giving the Panthers a slight edge.

Carolina 24-Philadelphia 20