NFL Week 6 Pick: Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers

Matthew Jordan

Monday, September 4, 2017 10:16 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 4, 2017 10:16 PM UTC

Sunday is the first chance for the Carolina Panthers to get an up-close look at rising Eagles star Carson Wentz as he was at North Dakota State when the teams last played in 2015. Survivor Pick: Carolina.

Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers (-3, 46)

Frankly, the Thursday night games are often crappy matchups because the NFL wants to get each team a national spotlight games. But this Thursday it’s arguably the marquee matchup of Week 6 as both teams are 4-1 and leading their respective divisions. Thus, the winner here could have a potentially big tiebreaker should they meet in the playoffs. Cam Newton and the Panthers looked so terrible in Week 3 home loss to Buffalo, but Newton has had back-to-back games of at least 300 yards passing and three TDs for the first time in his career as the Cats have pulled off upset wins in New England and, this past Sunday, in Detroit. The Eagles’ only loss is a great one: by a TD at the unbeaten Chiefs. They have won three straight and Carson Wentz is playing like a future MVP in ranking among NFL leaders in yards, touchdown passes and quarterback rating. As noted above, this is the first meeting between the teams since 2015, a Panthers home win. Sam Bradford was the Philly QB that day.

  • Eagles are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games.
  • Favorite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Free NFL Pick: Panthers -3Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Perhaps Newton was just rusty in the first three weeks when he struggled as he didn’t play or practice much this preseason off shoulder surgery. The Panthers aren’t running the ball much, however, and that needs to change. The return of excellent center Ryan Kalil from injury would help, but that’s unlikely for Thursday. The Eagles could be missing two key players as right tackle Lane Johnson suffered a concussion in Sunday’s blowout of Arizona, and two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox sat out a second straight game with a calf injury. Since the start of the 2016 season, the Eagles are 9-2 when Johnson plays, 2-8 when he doesn't. He missed 10 games last season because of a PED suspension. This could be a shootout, especially if Carolina doesn’t stop Philly on third down, where Wentz has been fantastic. Against the Cardinals, he was 11 of 12 on third down for 225 yards and three TDs.

  • Over is 13-3 in Eagles’ past 16 road games.
  • Over is 15-6-1 in Panthers last 22 vs. a team with a winning record.
Free NFL Pick: Over 46Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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