Are you ready for a fantastic Thursday Night Football matchup? I know I am, and we get a treat this week — the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles, 4-1, at the NFC South-leading Carolina Panthers, 4-1.
It’s only been five weeks, but these teams are in the top three in biggest winning percentage improvement. This matchup also marks just the fourth time in last four years that two opponents both at least three games over .500 will meet on TNF. This game has all the making of a old-fashion run the ball, play solid defense, and hit home runs type of game.
Carolina offense vs. Philadelphia defense
Carolina, and more specifically Cam Newton, started slow on offense through the first three weeks. I wrote a plan that the Panthers needed to follow to get back into the groove of things. I doubt Mike Shula read my article, but they have done most of what I wrote about.
First, was getting Cam Newton back into the running game. Here’s third-and-4 from Sunday where Newton runs a QB power. Running the ball with Newton allows the offense to have an extra blocker, the back. He gains a first down. This play is almost unstoppable.