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With the Eagles “new era” debut last week less than stellar, look for them to have a lot more of a sense of urgency this week. They are likely to play their starters through the first half.
Carolina head coach Ron Rivera admitted he had to do extra game preparation this week. Oh if he did so to simulate regular season against a traditional scheme, that would be a plus. But he admitted it so his defense is not overwhelmed by the Eagles hurry up offense. And with Philadelphia’s top two QBs having different skill sets, That makes it tougher to prepare for anything beyond the pace.
They big key is he said he’s not preparing for what Philadelphia will do, just the tempo. So it will still be a vanilla offense, just playing out of their comfort zone. Philadelphia ran 86 offensive plays in a 31-22 loss to New England last week in its preseason opener. The NFL average was 64.2 plays a game last season.
Also, on offense they are facing a 3-4 after practicing against a 4-3. So Philadelphia has an edge on both sides. Philadelphia has allowed seven safeties to practice against the first team, so they will slow down the Panthers enough even though Carolina will have a ton of snaps. They will get points, but not as well on points per possession.
RB LeSean McCoy and CB Williams are expected to play tonight after missing last week.
Philadelphia wins by two scores and covers.
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