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It’s the big one. Win or go home. The Eagles need to beat Washington in their Week 16 showdown Saturday night, or the third season of Chip Kelly’s reign will end without a playoff berth.
Sam Bradford and the Birds take on Kirk Cousins and DeSean Jackson at 8:25. Here’s how a number of local and national writers think the night will play out.
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The Eagles face the Panthers on Sunday night, in search of a winning record. Here’s how an assortment of media think the game will unfold.
NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison picks against the Eagles for the first time this season, predicting a 23-17 Carolina victory.
You might recall that this was the Monday night matchup last year when people were speculating about Cam Newton‘s desire, as the Panthers QB looked lazy on some throws and seemed to lack a sense of urgency. Others wondered how banged up Carolina’s franchise face was. Either way, the loss put the Panthers at 3-6-1 … and they dropped the next two. Then Riverboat Ron’s group went on a serious run, winning five in a row (including a playoff victory) before losing in Seattle.
Carolina has opened up this season with a five-game winning streak, giving them 10 wins in their last 11 contests. It will be interesting to see if Newton has as much success downfield on the Eagles as he did versus the Seahawks last week. Can Fletcher Cox and Connor Barwin repeat their performance from Monday night? No matter what, for Philadelphia to have any chance, Sam Bradford must play better. Those opportunities he had downfield against the Giants will be few and far between versus this Panthers defense.
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Player I’ll be watching:
McManus: Nate Allen.
Did you know that through 11 games, Allen has only been charged with two missed tackles? He exceeded that number by Week 3 last year (and missed 13 tackles overall). It really has been something to watch the former second-round pick transform into a steady, effective safety after a couple really shaky seasons. It’s to be determined whether he can keep it up, but there’s no question Allen is playing the best football of his career right now.
“I think Nate has continued week‑in and week out to take big strides and just playing solid football,” said Billy Davis. “It’s not all these big plays and everybody says oh, there is Nate. It’s just down in and down out, Nate is taking care of his job and it’s helping the defense.” Read more »