|Last 3 Games||1-2||-0.8||1-2||2-1||18.7||11.7||303.7||(5.4)||1.0||25.3||10.0||366.7||(5.3)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||18.4||9.3||18.9||28:08||27-108||(4)||17-30||57.2%||226||(7.4)||57-334||(5.8)||(18.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.7||11.5||19.9||30:47||25-106||(4.2)||22-36||62.3%||254||(7.1)||61-360||(5.9)||(16.6)|
|Offense Road Games||20.2||10.2||19.0||28:29||28-114||(4.1)||18-30||59.2%||248||(8.3)||58-363||(6.3)||(17.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.3||10.9||21.3||32:18||28-118||(4.2)||24-36||65.8%||232||(6.5)||64-351||(5.5)||(14.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||26.2||12.4||20.2||30:27||27-115||(4.3)||22-34||63.4%||249||(7.3)||61-364||(5.9)||(13.9)|
|Defense Road Games||20.5||10.0||21.0||31:31||26-120||(4.5)||21-33||63.4%||187||(5.7)||59-308||(5.2)||(15)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.8||1.8||-0.3||12-4||36.1%||1-0||14.3%||2-55||(22.2)||2-14||(6.7)||6-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.2||0.7||1.9||2.4||13-5||38.8%||1-0||48.5%||3-60||(23)||16-2||(7.9)||6-53|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.0||0.2||1.2||-0.2||13-5||41.2%||0-0||100.0%||1-34||(27)||2-15||(7.4)||6-52|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||0.7||1.5|| ||14-5||38.2%||1-0||44.4%||2-38||(15.8)||3-26||(9.4)||6-47|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.5||1.5|| ||13-5||39.3%||1-1||60.9%||2-57||(23.4)||17-2||(8)||6-50|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.5||0.5||1.0|| ||12-4||30.0%||1-1||60.0%||3-45||(12.9)||2-8||(4.6)||6-47|
|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3||0-3||1-2||14.0||4.3||357.7||(5.3)||2.3||32.3||16.0||342.0||(6.7)||0.7|
|Offense (All Games)||16.2||5.1||21.5||31:18||28-123||(4.4)||23-39||57.9%||239||(6.1)||67-362||(5.4)||(22.3)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.5||11.7||19.9||30:22||27-118||(4.3)||21-35||61.4%||237||(6.9)||62-355||(5.7)||(15.8)|
|Offense Home Games||21.2||7.0||23.0||32:02||31-115||(3.8)||24-37||64.7%||266||(7.2)||67-381||(5.6)||(18)|
|Defense (All Games)||25.2||13.5||18.5||29:06||28-120||(4.3)||19-32||60.2%||221||(6.9)||60-340||(5.7)||(13.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.8||11.9||20.5||30:20||25-102||(4.1)||24-38||62.2%||258||(6.8)||63-360||(5.7)||(15.1)|
|Defense Home Games||26.8||12.0||20.0||28:46||26-111||(4.3)||22-37||59.2%||255||(6.9)||63-365||(5.8)||(13.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.2||1.2||2.4||-1.4||14-6||38.6%||1-1||58.3%||3-69||(19.8)||2-12||(7)||7-61|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.7||2.2||13-5||37.5%||1-0||57.3%||3-71||(23.4)||20-2||(9.1)||7-55|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.0||0.8||1.8||-1.0||13-5||38.8%||1-1||60.0%||4-81||(19.2)||2-7||(4)||7-55|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.3||1.0|| ||12-4||36.0%||1-0||14.3%||2-67||(27)||3-42||(13.5)||8-66|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.5||1.5|| ||13-5||38.6%||1-0||50.0%||3-65||(25)||20-2||(9.1)||7-57|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.6||0.2||0.8|| ||13-4||33.3%||1-0||25.0%||3-78||(27.9)||3-49||(16.2)||10-69|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CAROLINA 23.4, PHILADELPHIA 21.9|
|11/26/2012||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||@ KANSAS CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ SAN DIEGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||OAKLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/5/2012||@ NEW ORLEANS||13-28||L||3||L||52.5||U||29-221||22-41-226||2||25-140||21-27-231||2|
|11/26/2012||CAROLINA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||@ DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ TAMPA BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/13/2012||CINCINNATI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|CAROLINA: While the Panthers are extremely run-heavy, that shouldn't be confused with being conservative. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski implemented a unique running game that is traditional about two-thirds of the time, with the rest of the playbook being option plays for Cam Newton. Their running back rotation is tough to figure out, as last year DeAngelo Williams started, Jonathan Stewart played more reps, but Williams had more carries. The Panthers insist that Mike Tolbert will primarily be a fullback, though he'll surely play in some single-back sets. The Panthers are content to let Newton create in the red zone, as he was by far their most often-used weapon deep in opponent territory (10 more red-zone carries than Carolina's running backs combined). Chudzinski's offense is rooted in the big play, which is why it suits Newton so well. Besides giving him some space to improvise, Newton's first read is almost always Steve Smith downfield, and he'll force throws to him. While Brandon LaFell became more involved in the offense, especially after overtaking Legedu Naanee late in the year, Newton rarely got past his second read, which was to come down to Greg Olsen in the middle of the field or whichever back is in the game. Expect LaFell to be more involved as Newton grows more comfortable running the offense in his second NFL season. Carolina ranked 27th in scoring defense and 28th in total defense in 2011, and still needs a ton of work. But selecting LB tackling machine Luke Kuechly ninth overall was a nice upgrade'with Kuechly and Jon Beason at linebacker, Charles Johnson will be freed up to do what he does best, which is rush the quarterback. Expect at least a dozen sacks and an uptick in tackles this coming season. Also expect more from Greg Hardy, who saw a rise in his tackle numbers from 2010 to '11, and his sack total should jump with Carolina expected to abandon the hybrid 3-4 the team employed at times last year. Beason will likely play the weak side, as he did in 2010. Charles Godfrey, who has excellent range for a strong safety, should once again anchor the secondary. |
|PHILADELPHIA: Philly has returned to a relatively balanced offensive attack, finishing middle of the pack in run/pass balance in 2011. The running game really took off after the arrival of offensive line guru Howard Mudd last season, and they're now one of the league's most effective zone-blocking teams. Head coach Andy Reid admitted that LeSean McCoy was overworked last season, so look for him to get closer to about 70 percent of the team's reps rather than the 80-plus percent he got last year. Either Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown or Chris Polk will pick up the rest. All four backs are capable of playing three downs. McCoy will get the vast majority of the team's red zone touches. The Eagles' West Coast is aggressive attacking downfield. Despite last year's issues, DeSean Jackson downfield is still this team's No. 1 option, especially when quarterback Michael Vick is able to buy time with his legs. Tight end Brent Celek emerged as a legitimate No. 2 target underneath, though Jeremy Maclin could have a bigger role now that he's entering training camp 100 percent healthy. Every once in awhile, they'll have a game plan specific to slot receiver Jason Avant, but his role will be limited as long as their top three pass catchers are healthy. They also feature McCoy and the backs heavily in the screen game. When they throw near the goal line, they look to run some sort of play-action or other misdirection and get the ball primarily to Celek. The loss of Asante Samuel hurts the Philadelphia defense, but plenty of talent remains in the secondary, most notably shutdown corners Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. There's also plenty of talent up front with DEs Jason Babin (18 sacks) and Trent Cole (11 sacks). Babin made a great decision following DL coach Jim Washburn back to Philly to play in the 'wide nine' formation, and it resulted in six multi-sack performances in 2011. Philly's blitz-happy scheme keeps defenses from doubling Babin, and the presence of Cole, one of the NFL's most consistent defensive linemen, helps open things up even more. The weakness of this defense in 2011 was the linebacking corps, which is where former Texans LB DeMeco Ryans comes in. His best years in Houston were as a 4-3 middle linebacker before the Texans switched to a 3-4 a year ago. A likely three-down 4-3 MLB in Philly, he's a solid bounce-back candidate and, as long as he can remain healthy, the productive middle man the Eagles have been lacking since Jeremiah Trotter. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (CAROLINA-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Vick and McCoy out)
*Panthers-Eagles Preview* =========================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Not that the woes of Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles have been flying under the radar, but now things could turn uglier as they come under the national spotlight.
A potentially hostile home crowd awaits them Monday night with the Eagles mired in the longest losing streak of Reid's tenure - which appears to be nearing an end - as they face the Carolina Panthers in a matchup of the NFC's worst teams.
While Carolina (2-8) owning the conference's worst record may be somewhat surprising, it's more shocking Philadelphia (3-7) has sunk so far after going into this fall considered by many a Super Bowl contender. That certainly remained the case after the Eagles were 3-1 following a win over the defending champion New York Giants, but they have since lost six in a row - the last four by at least 13 points.
"I don't know how it can get much worse," tight end Brent Celek said. "It makes me sick."
This is the most consecutive defeats in a single season for the franchise since dropping its final seven games of 1994, five years before Reid took over the reins.
"I know we're letting the fans down and the city down," Reid said. "I completely understand that. I completely understand how they feel on this. I feel it from the football team, our coaches and players. There are no excuses for it."
Considering the high expectations entering this season, particularly after owner Jeffrey Lurie said another 8-8 season like last year would be "unacceptable," Reid's departure by season's end appears to be a near certainty. Late in the Eagles' last home game - a 38-23 defeat to archrival Dallas on Nov. 11 - fans behind the Cowboys' bench unrolled a banner that read, "Andy, Quit, Your Team Has!"
Reid made it clear earlier this week that he won't resign.
"I think that'd be a cop-out," he said. "That's not how I see things. That's not the way I'm wired. We're going to keep battling and do it as a team. I'm not going to tell the guys one thing and then do the other."
The animosity toward Reid in Philadelphia only grew last Sunday, but not just because the team lost 31-6 at Washington. Reid let LeSean McCoy carry the ball in the final two minutes of a game that was out of hand, and the star runner suffered a concussion that will keep him out of this game.
McCoy sitting out will give Bryce Brown his first start since his senior year of high school in 2009, and fellow rookie Nick Foles will make a second straight start in place of Vick, concussed in the loss to Dallas.
Foles threw interceptions on Philadelphia's first two possessions last Sunday and finished 21 of 46 for 204 yards. He was sacked four times behind an injury-plagued offensive line which has surrendered 33, third-most in the NFL entering Week 12.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera was Reid's linebackers coach from 1999-2003 and also could be on the way out. Even Rivera said this week he didn't know if he'll keep his job beyond this season based on recent conversations with team owner Jerry Richardson.
"You can't worry about who is going to go and who is going to stay. That is for the front office to decide," defensive end Charles Johnson said. "But I'm going to fight with coach until the end. No matter what he does I'm going to ride with him."
Six of the Panthers' losses have been by six points or fewer, and they've led in the fourth quarter in four of them. They blew an 11-point lead in the final five minutes of regulation last Sunday in a 27-21 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.
"It's tough when you lose (because) things aren't as good as they are when you win, obviously," said Rivera, 8-18 as Carolina's coach. "Food doesn't taste right. It's difficult to communicate with people looking them in the eye and talking to them."
Quarterback Cam Newton said close losses have been "the story of the season." The former Heisman Trophy winner has thrown for nine touchdowns and rushed for four after combining for 35 as a rookie last season.
Newton now faces an Eagles pass defense which has allowed a combined 143.6 passer rating over the past four weeks, surrendering 11 touchdown passes and making no interceptions.
The Panthers have lost all three meetings since winning at Philadelphia in the 2004 NFC championship game.
|Last Updated: 9/26/2017 6:52:51 PM EST|