Eagles vs. Panthers: Head to Head

This Monday night, either the Eagles will improve to an impressive 7-2 mark, or the Panthers will turn around a rough stretch, erasing recent one-sided losses.

QUARTERBACKS

CAR: Cam Newton is barely completing 57 percent of his throws, and concedes about three sacks a game behind a wretched offensive line; even his runs are diminishing.

PHI: It's hard to say how Mark Sanchez will play with a full game to prepare for instead of working in relief, but he has good command of the offense.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

RUNNING BACKS

CAR: The team is averaging 3.66 yards a run, and their 'best' back has been Jonathan Stewart, who's missed three games and averages just under four yards a carry.

PHI: LeSean McCoy is averaging 5.28 yards a run in his last three games, while powerhouse Chris Polk and versatile Darren Sproles add balance.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

WIDE RECEIVERS

CAR: Replacing Steve Smith hasn't been easy, but Kelvin Benjamin's circus catches, Jerricho Cotchery's consistency, and good-handed Jason Avant have done fine.

PHI: Jeremy Maclin is on pace for about 1600 yards and 16 touchdowns; Riley Cooper's been a disappointment; Jordan Matthews is a textbook underneath target.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

TIGHT ENDS

CAR: Greg Olsen has carried a large chunk of Carolina's offense, hauling in 45 passes for 539 yards and five touchdowns; veteran Ed Dickson is mostly invisible.

PHI: Zach Ertz has cooled off considerably in recent weeks in terms of production; Brent Celek comes in handy as a blocker, lessening his receiving output.

ADVANTAGE: Panthers

OFFENSIVE LINE

CAR: Newton and Derek Anderson have been hurried 87 times in nine games, surrendering 22 sacks. Tackles Byron Bell and Nate Chandler are awful in protection.

PHI: The return of Evan Mathis will solidify the left side of the line with Jason Peters, while Jason Kelce's line-calls are already bolstering the run.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

DEFENSIVE LINE

CAR: Even minus Greg Hardy, the line brings severe pressure, headed up by Kawann Short and Charles Johnson; if the pressure fails, the secondary is vulnerable.

PHI: Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan are fine against the run, while increased use of Vinny Curry only ramps up the pressure that the linebackers bring.

ADVANTAGE: Push

LINEBACKERS

CAR: Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis pretty much carry the defense with run stops (a combined 74) while playing tremendous in pass coverage.

PHI: Connor Barwin, Trent Cole, Mychal Kendricks, and Brandon Graham are bringing extreme pressure in the passing game, while playing the run very well.

ADVANTAGE: Push

SECONDARY

CAR: Antoine Cason and Roman Harper are badly burned in pass coverage in spite of their combined five picks. Thomas Decoud is the group's best in coverage.

PHI: Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher are fine in press, while Malcolm Jenkins is a wary playmaker. Earl Wolff is, sadly, no Nate Allen.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

SPECIAL TEAMS

CAR: Graham Gano is 17 of 19 in field goals, and averages a touchback on 76 percent of kickoffs; returners Philly Brown and Brenton Bersin are mediocre.

PHI: Cody Parkey begins his career 15 of 16 in field goals; Trey Burton, Bryan Braman, and Chris Maragos are the facelift the coverage unit has needed.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

Statistics from Pro Football Focus were used to write this story.

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