Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles 11/10/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 10 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 10, 2014
Rounding out the Week 10 schedule on “Monday Night Football” we had a good-looking matchup between the Panthers and the Eagles. Carolina was coming off a Thursday-night loss to the Saints, while Philadelphia took care of business (and lost their starting quarterback) against the Texans in Week 9.
Let’s check out some of the notable players and statistics from this game so that we can determine why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 11 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The big question here was whether or not the Eagles offense would be able to stay up to speed without Nick Foles, and the answer to that was yes.
After an early field goal by Cody Parkey, Mark Sanchez and the offense went to work, posting the first TD on an 8-yard Darren Sproles run. Jonathan Stewart would respond with a 1-yard run of his own to get the Panthers within three, but that’s as close as they would get. Sproles broke out a 65-yard punt return to put Philly up 17-7 after one.
In the second, Jordan Matthews logged a 13-yard TD pass from Sanchez, and Bradley Fletcher got the defense in on the action with a 34-yard pick-6. That made it 31-7 at the half, and the rout was on.
After the break, LeSean McCoy posted a 1-yard TD run for the only scoring of the third quarter.
Matthews scored again on an 18-yarder in the fourth, putting the Eagles up 45-7. The Panthers got a couple of garbage-time touchdowns from Kelvin Benjamin from 21 and 40 yards out to make it 45-21, but this game was all Eagles and everyone knew it.
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The Stars: Sanchez gets a nod here, as he finished with 332 yards and a pair of scores in his best game in years. Matthews was his favorite target, grabbing seven passes for 138 yards and the two scores. Brent Celek also had 116 yards of his own.
On the other side, Greg Olsen had six catches for 119 yards, but statistically he was about the only thing to get excited about.
The Goats: Let’s start with the turnovers. Newton was picked off three times and fumbled twice, losing one. DeAngelo Williams also coughed one up for five turnovers total. Newton was also sacked a whopping nine times for 91 lost yards.
If you’re going to pick at Philly, you could point to their running game, which carried 23 times for just 37 yards, an average of 1.6 YPC. They were also just 5-of-15 on third downs.
Injuries: Adding injury to insult, Panthers DT Star Lotulelei came off the field on a cart late in the third. The Eagles got a boost on the line when LG Evan Mathis came back for this one after missing the last seven games.
Outlook: Both teams will be back in action on Sunday for Week 11. The Panthers will host the incoming Falcons (Nov. 16; 1:00 PM ET on FOX), while the Eagles will hit the road to visit the Packers at Lambeau Field (Nov. 16; 4:25 PM ET on FOX).
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