Three Key Players for the Carolina Panthers' Offense Against the Philadelphia Eagles

All eyes once again will be on Cam Newton when the Panthers face off against the Eagles on Sunday night. However, he can't do it all on his own and these are three players who could have big roles in helping him put points on the board in Week 7 on Sunday Night Football.

Greg Olsen

The one player that has been the most consistent in this offense among the skill players has been tight end Greg Olsen. In three of the last four games, Olsen has had at least six receptions with double digit targets, 70 receiving yards and has three touchdown catches since Week 2.

This certainly shouldn't come as any surprise though because Olsen was heavily involved last year and this was with Kelvin Benjamin on the field. This year though Benjamin is out and Olsen seems, at times, to be Newton's only option in the passing game.

Last year against the Eagles, in their blowout, Olsen put together an impressive stat line of six receptions on seven targets for 119 yards. The Panthers will need something similar to this if they hope to keep their undefeated streak alive.

Jonathan Stewart

The Carolina Panthers offense was built to rely on the run game and with Jonathan Stewart struggling for most of the season, Newton has had to keep this part of the offense respectable.

However, there is some optimism from the Seahawks game as Stewart looked to finally get into a rhythm. Now it did take 20 carries to make that happen but Stewart eclipsed 75 rushing yards for the first time this season and scored his first two touchdowns of the year.

The Eagles like to be a high-octane offense and works primarily out of no huddle, which tends to wear defenses down. This means that it is going to be important for the Panthers offense to sustain drives and keep their defense, and the Eagles' offense, on the sidelines as much as possible. Another performance by Stewart, like he had in Seattle, will go a long way to make this happen.

Devin Funchess

The Panthers need someone at the wide receiver position to step up as this has been an extremely quiet group so far this season. Last week against the Seahawks, the team's four wide receivers (Devin FunchessPhilly BrownJerricho Cotchery and Ted Ginn Jr.) combined for seven receptions and 85 receiving yards which was less than the seven receptions, 131 receiving yards that Olsen did by himself.

The one player that has the most potential to be that second weapon in this offense, and the team's number one wide receiver, is Funchess. The rookie out of Michigan has the size and physical skill set to be a number one wide receiver in this league.

The coaching staff also certainly believes in him as he was targeted six times on only 21 snaps against the Seahawks. These were the most targets he has had in the early part of this game and it will be interesting to see if this is a trend that will continue on Sunday against the Eagles.

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