NFL Strugglers Search For A Win

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Touted as playoff contenders at the start of the season, Andy Reid’s Eagles are fast becoming the laughing stock of the league thanks to a six-game losing skid which shows no sign of abating. Philadelphia started the campaign 3-1, which included a Week 4 win over reigning Superbowl champion New York, but it has all been downhill from there.

A 31-6 thumping by the Redskins last week was the lowest ebb, and not just because of the scoreline. With the game well and truly gone, running back LeSean McCoy was concussed in the final two minutes and will miss Tuesday’s clash with Carolina . It came on the back of Michael Vick’s concussion against Dallas the week before, which means Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the second straight week. Foles threw picks on Philly’s first two possessions against the ‘Skins, and was sacked four times behind a short-handed offensive line.

With no McCoy in the line-up, Bryce Brown is likely to come in to the backfield, but he has been seldom seen this season. Expect the likes of DeSean Jackson , Jeremy Maclin and tight end Brent Celek to see more ball through the air this week.

The Panthers have one less win on the board this season, but have arguably been far more impressive than their opponents. Six of their defeats have been by six points or less, and on four of those occasions they’ve held a lead in the fourth quarter. The big cats were up by 11 against the Bucs last weekend, but blew that advantage to lose in overtime.

Quarterback Cam Newton may be suffering from second-year syndrome, after last year’s stunning debut when he threw and ran for a combined 35 touchdowns. Over the first 10 games of the season he has thrown for just 9 TDs and rushed for a further four. The Eagles’ run defence is very average, so Jonathan Stewart and the inconsistent DeAngelo Williams may discover some consistency in this game.

The Eagles have won the past three regular season contests between the teams, but they were back in 2009, 2006 and 2004. 

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