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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Philadelphia Eagles took on the Carolina Panthers in a Thursday Night Football match up and in the end it was the Eagles who prevailed 28-23. Carson Wentz was pretty special in this contest recording 222 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions on the night. That was a much better performance than Cam Newton who tossed 3 interceptions with only 1 touchdown. Newton did end up throwing for 239 passing yards but it wasn’t enough to lead Carolina to a victory and now it appears Philadelphia is the team to beat in the NFC. Zach Ertz was a big reason the Eagles offense were able to outscore the Panthers, Ertzs finished the game with 2 touchdown catches. While Nelson Agholor provided a spark for Philly with 55 yards and 1 touchdown reception. Christian McCaffrey was Carolina’s top offensive performer outside of Cam Newton. McCaffrey recorded 56 receiving yards and hauled in a touchdown pass. Kelvin Benjamin played well too, he caught 9 receptions for 99 yards. Mychal Kendricks was outstanding for Jim Schwartz defense. He led the Eagles defense with 15 tackles which is a great day at the office. Nigel Bradham was also a big contributor for Philadelphia he put together a 10 tackle effort. Jalen Mills, Rasul Douglas, and Patrick Robinson all grabbed an interception off Newton as well, which helped Doug Pederson’s team win the turnover battle. James Bradberry led the Panthers defense with 6 tackles and 1 sack. Thomas Davis put up the same exact stat line as Bradberry also tallying up 6 tackles and 1 sack. Julius Peppers continued his successful reunion in Carolina with 1 tackle, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble but Philadelphia wouldn’t be denied once the final whistle was blown. The two key factors for the Eagles were clearly Carson Wentz and the defense. Together that combination has propelled this team to 5-1 record for the 2017 season. This team could be a Super Bowl contender when the playoffs get here, ultimately because they are a complete football team in every phase of the game.
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