The Philadelphia Eagles look to snap a three-game losing streak at the expense of the Carolina Panthers, who are coming off a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Books opened with the Panthers tipped at -4, but the line has moved down to -3 with early betting going towards the Eagles. Can the Eagles defy the NFL odds?.
|Game: Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) at Carolina Panthers (3-1)
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Date: Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. ET
|Philadelphia Eagles||+3 -110||+145||46 -110o|
|Carolina Panthers||-3 -110||-165||46 -110u|
It’s a new era in Philadelphia with head coach Nick Sirianni taking over after Doug Pederson was fired last season, and second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts replacing Carson Wentz. Equally, the Carolina Panthers are in the midst of their redevelopment project under Matt Rhule, who is in his second year and is starting his second quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater didn’t quite fit the scheme Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady had in mind, so they traded for Sam Darnold in the offseason. The point is, any past trends are irrelevant with both teams looking different.
Next game: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Philadelphia. From suffering a humiliating 41-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football to getting steamrolled by the Kansas City Chiefs 42-30 the following week, they’ve had to contend with two of the hottest offenses in the league. To state the obvious, It’s not been the easiest of schedules as Philadelphia slipped to a 1-3 record.
The Eagles were thoroughly outmatched by the Chiefs on the offensive side of the ball, Patrick Mahomes lit it up, tossing for five touchdowns as he lifted Kansas City to victory. The Chiefs’ defense, which is one of the most porous in the league, allowed Jalen Hurts and the Eagles to make the game look more competitive than it was. At the same time, though, the Eagles did themselves in the foot with a slew of costly mistakes, including having two touchdowns negated by penalties. Moreover, Sirianni coached too conservatively, settling on field goals in a game against one of the most lethal offenses.
Tackle Jordan Mailata (knee), cornerback Avonte Maddox (neck), and wide receiver Quez Watkins (knee) are probable. Guard Sua Opeta (illness) and tackle Lane Johnson (personal) are out for Sunday’s clash with the Carolina Panthers.
Next game: vs Minnesota Vikings
The Carolina Panthers came crashing to earth last weekend against the Cowboys, suffering their first loss in 2021. As a result, the Panthers slipped to a 3-1 record and into second place in the NFC South behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Panthers got off to a bright start, reeling off three straight wins at the expense of the New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, and Houston Texans. However, this triplet has combined for a 4-8 record. It’s impossible to be excited about wins that come against inferior teams because they can be misleading.
That said, the Panthers accounted relatively well against the Dallas Cowboys in a 36-28 loss. It wasn’t as close as the odds had it – the Panthers closed as the +4½ -point road underdogs across multiple sports betting platforms — but it wasn’t a complete blowout either. That’s something the Panthers can build on as the season plods along.
Center Matt Paradis (illness), defensive end, and Yetur Gross-Matos (ankle). Running back Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) is doubtful Sunday, and tackle Cameron Erving (neck) and linebacker Shaq Thompson (foot) are out for Sunday’s clash with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Betting on the Game
Books opened with the Panthers as high as -4, but the line trimmed to -3. At the same time, the game total hit the board at 46 but slimmed down a point. The NFL lines and odds are trending down in this game for various reasons, but the main trigger appears to be early action on the Eagles.
The Panthers are in a better spot than the Eagles. On paper, they’re the better team with a 3-1 record taking on a struggling outfit that’s only 1-3 ahead of Week 5. Other factors include: the coaching staff has the advantage of being in its second year, and Sam Darnold’s experience tips the balance further in their favor.
And yet, the public clearly isn’t entirely sold on the Panthers because of their relatively easy schedule to start the season. The fact that the Panthers lost to the first credible opponent [Cowboys] only confirms these suspicions.
Another aspect to consider is the fact that this might be a trap game for Carolina. The Panthers are scheduled to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6, and if they’re caught looking ahead to the pivotal divisional showdown, they could stumble here.
Hurts and the Eagles were dealt with a much tougher schedule, and for the most part, they’ve held their own in the face of adversity. They’re still a work in progress, but they’re not without a shot in this matchup.
Hurts is athletic, creative, and capricious in the pocket, and he has the wheels to evade defenses. If the game plan is bolder this week, and they get off to a fast start, they could potentially deliver the upset by covering as the road underdogs or, even, going the whole hog by pulling off the upset. As such, the Eagles do hold some appeal for NFL picks against the spread at the very least.