The Eagles lost to the Panthers on Sunday by a final score of 21 to 17. There was no good reason for the Eagles to lose this one. They were up 17-0 on Carolina. That’s the second big blown lead this year after losing while up 14 on the Titans in Week 4.
The Eagles are now 3-4 on the 2018 NFL season. Things are not looking great.
Read on for a full recap.
Panthers ninth drive: Panthers take a knee to ice teh game.
Eagles ninth drive: Eagles start at their own 30-yard line with 1:17 on the clock after Carter’s return. Wentz airs it out deep to Jeffery and the wide receiver is tackled before the ball arrives. Easy pass interference call for a 48-yard gain. Philadelphia now at the Panthers’ 22-yard line with 1:11 left. And Wentz throws a wobbly bally that’s picked by Eric Reid. Wow. The play is under review. Personally, I don’t see where the ball touches the ground. But the refs overturn the play. VERY fortunate there. Wentz’s third down throw to Jeffery in the end zone is incomplete. Dangerous ball. Wentz is strip-sacked on fourth down. That’s game.
Panthers eighth drive: Carolina takes over at their own 31-yard line with 2:17 to play. Darby fails to bring in a pick that’s in his out-stretched hands. Mills breaks up a pass to bring up 3rd-and-10. Time to redeem yourself here, Jim Schwartz. Newton’s pass for Funchess is high and incomplete. Newton is hit as he throws on fourth down and the ball lands in Torrey Smith’s arm. Mills whiffs badly on a tackle and allows the former Eagles wide receiver to run down to the Eagles’ 34-yard line. Ugh. Newton completes a pass to Christian McCaffrey and the Panthers are down to the 26. Jenkins bats down Newton’s pass to bring up 3rd-and-2. Newton completes it to McCaffrey again and the Panthers are down to the 4-yard line. Newton’s pass on 1st-and-goal is incomplete. Newton runs but he’s stopped short of the goal line. Eagles take their first timeout with 1:26 remaining. Newton hits Olsen for the touchdown on third down. This is pathetic. No good reason the Eagles should be losing this game. Panthers lead, 21-17.
Eagles eighth drive: Panthers sniff out a screen and the Eagles face 3rd-and-10 from their own 25-yard line. Wentz’s pass to Jeffery is incomplete. Welp ...
Panthers seventh drive: Panthers take over at their own 13-yard line following Cameron Johnston’s punt. Panthers begin to march down the field again. Newton finds a wide open Jairus Wright to move down to the Eagles’ 25-yard line. Defense looking leaky all of a sudden. Newton hits an open Devin Funchess for a touchdown. Ronald Darby beat badly on the sluggo. Uh oh. Panthers go for two. Newton completes it to Wright. Three-point game with 4:08 left to play. Eagles lead, 17-14.
Eagles seventh drive: Wentz fires a throw JUST by a Panthers linebacker to Ertz for a first down. Wow. Pin point accuracy. Wentz is sacked to bring up 3rd-and-18. Wentz hits Jeffery along the sideline for a nine-yard gain. Eagles punt from their own 48-yard line.
Panthers sixth drive: Panthers march down to the Eagles’ 30-yard line. 3rd-and-3 and Carolina has to burn their first timeout of the second half. Newton completes it over the middle to D.J. Moore and the Panthers are in the red zone. Samuel takes the ball on a reverse and he runs it in for a touchdown. Too easy there, defense. C’mon. Graham Gano misses the extra point. Eagles lead, 17-6.
Eagles sixth drive: Eagles start out at their own 6-yard line. Peters is back in at left tackle. Eagles go with a draw to Smallwood on third down and he takes it up the gut for the first. Nice blocking from Isaac Seumalo. Smallwood runs for another first. Then Wentz to Ertz to move the chain a couple times. Such an automatic connection. Clement fumbles a carry but Wentz dives on it to recover. Phew. What a heads up play. Wentz floats a great pass to Goedert to put the Eagles just outside of the red zone. Then he completes another pass to Ertz along the sideline for a first. Wow. Impressive throw and catch. Goedert drops a touchdown in the end zone. Woof. Looks like pass interference could’ve been called on Carolina. Eagles get to 4th-and-1 from the 2-yard line. Wentz sneaks it for the first. Then Wentz hits Goedert on a back shoulder touchdown throw. Legit. Elliott’s extra point makes it a three possession game with 39 seconds remaining in the third quarter. 94 yards on 17 plays. Big drive. Eagles lead, 17-0.
Panthers fifth drive: Newton escapes pressure for a 14-yard scramble on 3rd-and-6. Newton completes a pass to a wide open Curtis Samuel on 2-and-15 for another first. Bennett blows up a running play by exploding into the backfield with Jordan Hicks coming in to make the tackle for loss. Big play. Newton’s third down pass is incomplete and he’s called for intentional grounding. Panthers knocked out of field goal range. Carolina punts.
Eagles fifth drive: Eagles begin at their own 4-yard line with just over two minutes left in the first half. Halapoulivaati Vaitai is in for Jason Peters. Maybe giving the big man a breather? Wendell Smallwood picks up a big gain on a screen but it’s called back due to holding on Brandon Brooks. Bad call. Eagles end up running out the second quarter.
Panthers fourth drive: Panthers pick up a big gain on a jet sweep. They lose some of that yardage after Graham sacks Newton. Good second effort to get up after getting knocked down. Panthers get to 3rd-and-17 from the Eagles 33-yard line. Panthers call a designed run for Newton and he picks up 12. Panthers line up for the 39-yard attempt but there’s a false start. Now it’s a 44-yard try. Another false start! Now the Panthers are punting from their own 31-yard line, lol. Doug Pederson > Ron Rivera.
Eagles fourth drive: Wentz drops a dime to Jeffery along the sideline for a chunk gain. Great contested catch. Jeffery’s been awesome today. Then Wentz drops another dime to Ertz along the sideline. Another good catch. Wentz is on fire right now. Or not. Wentz takes a sack on third down after he can’t find an open target. Eagles settle for a 46-yard Elliott field goal attempt and he makes it this time. Nice. Two possession lead for the home team. Eagles lead, 10-0.
Panthers third drive: Brandon Graham gets good pressure on Newton to bring up 3rd-and-15. Newton runs on third down but he’s short of the marker. Panthers punt.
Eagles third drive (continued): Wentz hits Ertz a couple times to move the ball down the field. Then he hits Jeffery, who breaks two tackles, to move the Eagles to the 10-yard line. Jeffery looks so much more dangerous after the catch this year. Wentz hits Jeffery again, this time in the end zone for a touchdown. Eagles celebrate with a penalty kick celebration. Elliott makes the extra point from 33 yards out. Eagles lead, 7-0.
Alshon Jeffery has 14 TDs in his last 16 games with Eagles. 7 in his last 6— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 21, 2018
Only Devante Adams has more redzone TDs by receivers since Alshon came to the Eagles#FlyEaglesFly
Eagles third drive: DeAndre Carter fields a punt for a 13-yard gain to put the Eagles at their own 26-yard line. Really like the return ability he’s shown. Adams runs for a nine-yard gain to bring up the end of the first quarter. The rookie is showing some juice out there.
Panthers second drive: Jenkins almost picks a Newton pass but ends up with a deflection instead. Close. Michael Bennett sacks Newton on third down to bring up 3rd-and-18. Such a good offseason pickup. His pass is high and Moore can’t hold on. Punt.
Eagles second drive: Wentz hits Zach Ertz over the middle for a first down. Great throw. Eagles run a screen to Corey Clement for another first. Eagles run Clement up the middle on 3rd-and-2 to bring up 4th-and-1 from the Panthers’ 45-yard line. Doug Pederson goes for it. Wentz sneaks it for the first. Boom. Eric Reid tackles Wentz after a handoff and Ertz responds by charging him. Refs call offsetting penalties. Stupid. Reid is acting like a total clown. On 4th-and-5, Wentz completes a perfect pass to Jeffery along the sideline. Beauty. An illegal chop block penalty knocks the Eagles back to 1st-and-25, but Dallas Goedert picks up 21 yards on a screen. Liking the creativity on offense here early on. Wentz’s third down pass from the 18-yard line is incomplete. Eagles settle for a 36-yard Jake Elliott field goal attempt and he misses it. The wind certanly didn’t help there, but come on.
Rough look for my guy Zach Ertz pic.twitter.com/t4H7PwRJYb— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) October 21, 2018
Panthers first drive: Shelton Gibson makes a nice special teams tackle on D.J. Moore to put the Panthers at their own 41-yard line. Eagles open with Dexter McDougle as their starting nickel cornerback with Avonte Maddox back at safety. Cam Newton’s third down pass for Greg Olsen is incomplete and the Panthers have to punt.
Eagles first drive: Carson Wentz’s first pass is to Nelson Agholor for no gain. Wentz fumbles a shotgun snap and it’s 3rd-and-20. His third down pass for Alshon Jeffery is overthrown. Not the best start. Worth noting: Panthers sack leader Mario Addison goes down with an injury. That could be bad for Carolina’s pass rush.
Coin toss: Eagles lose a coin toss for the first time all season! Panthers elect to defer so the Eagles will receive first. (Prior to the toss, Eric Reid had to be held back by Panthers stff and a ref. Guesing that’s Malcolm Jenkins related?)
Eric Reid had to be held back by teammates after talking with Malcolm Jenkins prior to today's #CARvPHI game: "That has the felling of something that is outside of the game today." pic.twitter.com/8qJK013jFa— Rob Tornoe (@RobTornoe) October 21, 2018
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The Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) are returning home to Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday to host the Carolina Panthers (3-2).
It’s a big game for the reigning Super Bowl champions. The Eagles need to prove that beating the Giants on Thursday Night Football in Week 6 wasn’t just about New York being bad. It’s time for the Eagles to step up and show everybody that they’re truly back to form.
The Panthers are a quality opponent. They’re not a flat out juggernaut by any means but they’re solid. Carolina ranks 11th in DVOA and 14th in point differential.
The Eagles will have their hands full trying to contain Cam Newton, who’s off to a good start in 2018. Philadelphia did a good job of defending him last year by pressuring him into bad decisions (three interceptions). The Eagles will need another big game from their pass rush, especially while trying to make up for the injury issues in the secondary.
It’s hard not to feel good about the Eagles’ offense right now with Carson Wentz at the helm. There are questions about the offensive line with Jason Peters and Lane Johnson banged up, yes, but Carolina’s defense is gettable. The Panthers rank tied for 24th in opponent yards per play and 21st in defensive DVOA.
This is a winnable game for the Eagles. They just can’t beat themselves over and over like they were doing prior to Week 6.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the game.
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (field reporter)
Location: Lincoln Financial Field | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NFL Network replay: TBA
Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | SIRIUS: 99 (Car), 83 (Phi) | XM: 383 (Car), 225 (Phi) | Full listings here
Per Bovada, the Eagles are significant home favorites.
Carolina Panthers +5 (-110)
Philadelphia Eagles -5 (-110)
The Eagles are 7-3 in 10 regular season games against the Panthers. The Eagles are 4-1 in regular season home games against the Panthers. These two teams last played in 2017 when Philadelphia won, 28-23.
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Eagles 2018 Regular Season Schedule
Week 1 - vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sept. 6, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) NFL Kickoff Game
Week 2 - at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sept. 16, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 3 - vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 23, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 4 - at Tennessee Titans (Sept. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 5 - vs. Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 7, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 6 - at New York Giants (Oct. 11, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN) Thursday Night Football
Week 7 - vs. Carolina Panthers (Oct 21, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 8 - at Jacksonville Jaguars (Oct. 28, 9:30 AM ET, NFLN) London Game
Week 9 - BYE (Nov. 4)
Week 10 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 11, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 11 - at New Orleans Saints (Nov. 18, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 12 - vs. New York Giants (Nov. 25, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 13 - vs. Washington Redskins (Dec. 3, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football
Week 14 - at Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 9, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 16, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 16 - vs. Houston Texans (Dec. 23, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 17 - at Washington Redskins (Dec. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)