The Mark Sanchez era is about set to get started in the City of Brotherly Love, as he will guide the Philadelphia Eagles into battle on Monday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers. In spite of the fact that Sanchez is going to be starting, Philadelphia is giving six points in this game. The ‘total’ is set at 48, a very high number considering the fact that this duel features a defensive-minded team and a team which is playing with its backup quarterback.
PANTHERS – EAGLES 2014 MONDAY NIGHT WEEK 10 SPREAD:
1. Why the PANTHERS will cover the spread: Carolina’s defense hasn’t been anywhere near good this year, but when you go back and look at it, things aren’t as bad as 26.2 points per game against suggests. The Panthers have played against a brutal schedule this season, and when they have played against teams which have been suspect, they have, for the most part, done the job.
We’re not saying that the Eagles are suspect, but there are at least some questions about Sanchez and whether he is going to be able to get the job done when he has to prepare all week as a starter as opposed to coming off of the bench.
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2. Why the EAGLES will cover the spread: The Panthers have lost three straight games, and they haven’t won a game since October 5th. The bigger concern if you’re an Eagles fan is how the ball is going to get into the hands of WR Jeremy Maclin more often. Maclin is the real deal, and he has had two massive games in a row. Can the Panthers really slow him down? We doubt that they can. On top of that, RB LeSean McCoy looks like he has found his stride after rushing for over 100 yards against the Houston Texans last week.
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3. Total Talk: You’d think of the Eagles as a high scoring team, but after three straight ‘over’ games to start off the campaign, they have failed to get to the number in three of the last five, and last week’s game against Houston was only a field goal beyond the number. Carolina’s offense has been embarrassing these last few weeks, and that’s why its last two games have stayed ‘under’ the number. Still, the ‘over’ was reached in five prior games, so it’s definitely something to consider.
4. Betting Trends for PANTHERS/EAGLES: These two teams have met eight times against each other, and the Eagles are 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four games. That said, the last meeting was the one, as Carolina came here to the City of Brotherly Love and won 30-22. The Panthers have won and covered three straight games against NFC East games, including that win last year against the Eagles. This could be an interesting game, something that we haven’t seen a lot of on Monday Night Football duels. We want the points on our side.
Panthers 24 – Eagles 21