This Sunday the Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) will host the Carolina Panthers (3-2) in a big NFC showdown. Kickoff is set for 1:00 EST at Lincoln Financial Field and will be televised locally on FOX.
Oddsmakers currently have Philadelphia listed as a 5-point home favorite with the total for this matchup set for 45 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 7 NFL betting odds and for more links to our game previews.
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The Panthers come into this one off a 23-17 loss at Washington as a 1-point road favorite. Carolina dug themselves a big hole early, as they fell behind 17-0 in the 1st half. They were able to fight back and make a game of it, but just couldn’t make the play when it mattered the most.
Philadelphia enters off a 34-13 blowout win on the road over the Giants on Thursday Night Football. The Eagles took control early and never looked back, as they led 14-3 at the end of the 1st quarter and 24-6 at the half. It was easily the best showing so far for the defending champs, who were just 1-3 SU and 0-4 ATS in their previous 4 games.
Last year the Eagles went on the road and defeated the Panthers 28-23 as a 3-point road dog in a Week 6 showdown on Thursday Night Football. It was a closely contested game throughout, as it was tied 10-10 at the half and Philadelphia held a narrow 21-16 lead going into the 4th quarter.
NFL Betting Predictions & Free Pick Against the Spread: Eagles -5
I would have to lean towards laying the points with the Eagles at home in this one. While this will surely be the public side, I think the Eagles are still a little undervalued from their sluggish start to the season. Keep in mind that prior to the easy cover over the Giants, Philadelphia was just 1-3 SU and 0-4 ATS in their previous 4 games.
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I also think there’s the thought process out there that the win over the Giants is nothing to get excited about with how bad New York has been playing. I’m not saying the Giants are a good football team, but to go on the road and beat a division rival by 21 points is not easy to do, especially on a short week of rest. Note that the Eagles are the only road team to win on Thursday Night Football this season.
I wasn’t all that surprised to see the Eagles get off to a slow start, as there’s not the same sense of urgency to start a new season after winning the Super Bowl the previous year. Plus, Carson Wentz missed the first couple games because of injury and it was going to take some time before he returned to that MVP form. Wentz has got better and better with each start. He was 26 of 36 for 278 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Giants and would have thrown for more if the score wasn’t so lopsided. He’s now thrown for 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in his last 3 starts.
I look for Wentz to have a big day here against a Carolina secondary that has struggled when up against a legit passing attack. A couple weeks ago they gave up 382 passing yards to the Giants. The week before that they gave up 330 to Andy Dalton and the Bengals.
I just don’t see Cam Newton and the Panthers offense being able to keep pace. Carolina’s offense is built around their run game and that’s evident by the fact they come in ranked 4th in the league in rushing (139.4 ypg) compared to 26th in passing (222.4 ypg). The Eagles aren’t a defense you want to have to pick up yards against on the ground. Philadelphia is 2nd in the league, giving up just 79.8 ypg and that’s with them allowing 147 to the Giants last week.
More than anything, I just love how the Eagles responded with their backs against the wall and I think that’s something they are going to build off of. I have a really hard time seeing them go back to how they played early on. This is still one of the most talented teams in the league and I fully expect them to play like it the rest of the way. Give me the Eagles -5.