Slumping Eagles meet struggling Panthers on Monday night
Sometimes the NFL offers up a real lemon for a Monday night game, and unfortunately for fans of good football that's what we get tonight as the all-but-dead Philadelphia Eagles host sophomore slumper Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).
These two teams both started out with high hopes for this season; instead, they've both been disasters.
The Eagles started 3-1 this year, but have lost their last six games in a row. Now QB Michael Vick is on the bench dealing with post-concussion symptoms, rookie Nick Foles is in at quarterback and head coach Andy Reid is likely on his way toward the unemployment office.
Philly has mailed it in its last couple of games, a 38-23 loss to Dallas followed by a 31-6 decision last week at Washington. Foles threw interceptions on the Eagles' first two possessions last week, and ended up throwing more incompletions (25) than completions (21).
The Panthers, meanwhile, started 1-1 this season then lost five in a row. Carolina then won at Washington, but has since lost two more in a row. Six of the Panthers' eight losses have come by six points or less, and they've coughed up fourth-quarter leads in four of them.
Last week Carolina led Tampa 21-10 with six minutes to go but gave up a field goal, a touchdown and a 2-point conversion before losing in overtime 27-21.
So the Eagles, at 3-7, are in last place in the NFC East, and trail every team but one in the NFC standings; that “but one” team is the 2-8 Panthers.
On the injury front Philly RB LeSean McCoy suffered a concussion late in last week's game and is very questionable for Monday night's contest.
Many NFL betting outlets opened this game with Carolina listed at -2.5, and had since bumped the Panthers to -3. Heading into Week 12 NFL home underdogs were 24-30 straight-up and 27-26-1 against-the-spread.
These teams last met three seasons ago, when the Eagles, quarterbacked by Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb, beat the Panthers, quarterbacked by Jake Delhomme and Matt Moore, 38-10 in Charlotte.