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Keys To Victory Against The Eagles

October 12, 2017 - 7:03 am

By: WFNZ's The Mac Attack Host, Chris McClain

This one should be fun. Two teams tied for the best record in the NFC  playing under the lights in the QC.  But how do the Cats make it a happy ending?  

1) Cam needs to keep it up- ​In the last two weeks, Cam Newton has played MVP caliber football.  He completed 77 percent of his passes and posted 7 total TDs and just 1 INT.  Against the Philly defense, who is tough against the run (2nd in the NFL) the plan will probably require Cam to keep lighting it up. There is a good chance he can do it too. The Eagles are 29th in pass defense.

2) Stop the run- Carson Wentz is getting all the headlines in Philly, but their run game is a big part of their success too. They ranked 5th in the NFL in rush offense with Lagarrette Blunt averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Carolina has has a few bad stretches against the run.  They need to bring it so they can........

3) Put Wentz in 3rd and long- Wentz is the NFLs best passer on 3rd down in just about every category.  On plays of 3rd and 6 or less, he has a PERFECT QB Rating of 158.3.   The Panthers must play well on first and 2nd down to give themselves any chance of getting off the field on 3rd.

4) Win the TO battle- ​For the first time in a few weeks, the Panthers won the TO battle against the Lions last week.  It was only 1-0, but that was huge against the best TO margin team in football.  Philly is good in that department too at plus 2 (9th in NFL).  When the Panthers dont turn it over, they are 3-0.

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