This is a short week for the fans just like it is for the players.
It's time to put the beat down of the Cardinals behind us and look toward tomorrow nights showdown in Carolina.
On paper this is the game of the week in the NFL. A pair of 4-1 teams that are both playing as good as any team in the league.
When looking at this match-up more closely, there were a few things that really stuck out to me.
Strength vs. Strength
The Eagles offense vs the Panthers defense.
The Eagles offense has been tough to defend this seaon. They are averaging 397.8 yards per game (3rd) and 27.4 points per game (6th).
The Panthers defense has been rock solid. They only give up 274 yards per game (3rd) and 18.8 points per game (9th).
Time of Possession
The Eagles and Panthers rank 1 and 2 respectively in time of possession.
1. Eagles - 35:32
2. Panthers- 33:16
Something will have to give Thursday night.
3rd down efficiency
Like time of possession, both teams are at the top.
The Eagles are ranked 1st in the NFL with a 53.4 % conversion rate.
The Panthers are ranked 2nd with a 50.0 % conversion rate.
Both defenses have also been solid on third down.
The Eagles rank 5th (35.1%) and the Panthers rank 10th (38.1%).
Again, something will have to give.
QBs playing at a high level
Cam Newton has been on fire the past two weeks posting a stat line of 48/62, 671 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 1 interception.
Carson Wentz has also been playing at a top flight level. He has posted stat line of 38/61 546 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 1 interception.
The big play
Cam Newton is averaging 8.53 yards per attempt. His longest pass last week went for 64 yards.
The Eagles also incorporated the big play last week, connecting on 59 yard and 72 yard touchdowns.
The Run Game
The Eagles have been pounding the ball the past three weeks. They now rank 5th in the league averaging 138.8 yards per game. They can also stop the run. They are giving up an average of only 62.8 yards per game (2nd).
The Panthers average 98.6 yards per game (19th) but only allow 79.8 (6th).
Can the Birds run on a tough Panthers D?
The road under dog
Since 2012, the road under dog, on short rest (not including week 1 games) is 12-30 (straight up) on Thursday night football.
This is not including Thanksgiving games.
Most recently, week 2 Houston was a 3 point underdog at Cincinnati and won.
Keep in mind there were some bad teams as road underdogs in a lot of those games.
If you look at it even closer, road teams during that same span are 33-41, including 3-1 so far this season (4-1 if you include KC). Hopefully the Eagles can make it 5-1.
This is an even matchup across the board. A loss on Thursday would not define the Eagles, but it would make Friday a whole lot better if they were able to walk out of Carolina a winner.
*Tune into the Glockast tomorrow for a full preview*