Eagles vs. Panthers Studs and Duds

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

By Jordan Raanan, XFINITY Sports NFL Columnist and NJ.com Writer

Another week, another loss in this mess of a season. This one, 30-22 to the Carolina Panthers, was filled with inexplicable defensive breakdowns and more turnovers.

Ho-hum. Nothing new for the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles. This is what we've come to expect from the worst team in the NFL, one of the worst teams in the NFL, whether it's Michael Vick or now Nick Foles at quarterback. Nothing's changed. A bad team is still a bad team.

The best that can be said at this point is that at least this time there were a few positives. "Duds and Duds" was avoided for the third time this season. At least we were able to find a few studs from this latest loss.

Again, thanks for your votes.

People's Stud

Bryce Brown - Your eyes told you everything you need to know about Brown. He's a player. He has impressive size, speed and cutting ability. It's no wonder he set the Eagles rookie record for most rushing yards in a game with 178 on 19 carries (9.4 ypc). He also scored two touchdowns, including a 65-yard scamper where he showcased tremendous speed and explosiveness for a 6-foot-0, 220-pound back.

Raanan's Stud

Trent Cole - The Eagles defensive end remains stuck on a pathetic 1.5 sacks this season. Despite not recording a sack though, Cole had a strong game. He was extremely active while recording two tackles for a loss and a quarterback hurry. In a season where the Eagles' defensive ends have struggled, this qualifies as a standout game.

People's Dud

Bryce Brown - Brown just barely edged out Kurt Coleman presumably because of the two fumbles. There's really no other possible reason. He was brilliant aside from the two turnovers. That's a significant aside though.

Raanan's Dud

Todd Bowles - Talk about a career-killing move. Bowles' career was likely setback 5-10 years for taking this apparently impossible job to coach this group of defensive players. Nonetheless, he has to be blamed for the endless defensive breakdowns since taking the reins as defensive coordinator. The Panthers' first two touchdowns were ridiculous breakdowns in the secondary. As Bowles said after the game, "It's depressing."

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