The Philadelphia Eagles host the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field on Monday November 26th in a key NFL showdown. The Eagles are in the middle of a bad slump and the home crowd might not be too friendly with them when they take to the field. Head coach Andy Reid and his team is under a lot of pressure to produce in this game with the entire nation looking on in the weekly Monday Night football game. Luckily for Reid and the Eagles, Carolina is currently one of the worst clubs in the NFL, but a loss to them would make the fans even more upset than they are now.
With a 3-7 record the Eagles aren’t really much better than the 2-8 Panthers though. Philadelphia went into the season as one of the favourites to reach the Super Bowl, but the wheels have fallen off since then. The season started well enough with the Eagles going 3-1 after four games and beating the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, but they’ve now lost six games in a row for one of the club’s worst-ever losing streaks. The past four losses have all been by a minimum of 13 points. The most games the club has lost in a row is seven, which they managed to do back in 1994 when they lost the last seven contests of the season.
Reid, who took over the coaching duties in 1999, said his team realizes it’s letting the city and its fans down and he understands exactly how they feel right now. He admitted that there aren’t any excuses and the team simply has to start winning games. He said last year’s 8-8 record would look good right now, but the team wanted to improve greatly on those numbers.
It looks like Reid might not last much longer as the fans are losing patience with him. However, the coach has said that he won’t quit. He added that he’ll try to turn things around on the field and will battle until the end. The Eagles are coming off of a 31-6 loss in Washington last week and will have to play this game without LeSean McCoy, who suffered a head injury in that game. His place will be taken by Bryce Brown and another rookie, Nick Foles, will play for injured quarterback Michael Vick. It will be the second consecutive start for Foles. The fans are hoping he’s not as nervous as last week though when he threw interceptions the first two times his team had the ball. He finished the game at 21 for 46 and gained 204 yards. However, he didn’t get much protection as he was sacked four times.
Carolina’s head coach Ron Rivera could also be on his way out of town after the season as the Panthers seem to be stuck in neutral. They’ve lost some close games though as six of them have been by six or fewer points. Also, they led four of those games in the fourth quarter. Their last game came against Tampa Bay a week ago and they had an 11-point lead with just five minutes to go before blowing the game 27-21 in overtime. Quarterback Cam Newton is disappointed with the team’s record and is hoping to get back on track against the Eagles’ defence.
In their last three games against each other, Philadelphia has won them all, and it looks like they’ll make it four in a row here at home. Carolina is 1-3on the road and the Eagles are 2-3 at home this season.
Sportsbook William Hill has the currents odds of a Carolina win at 5/8 with an Eagles victory at 7/5.