Eagles at Panthers Betting Preview

Published on 10/09/2021
By Scott Gramling
Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold
Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold have revived his career with the Panthers.
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Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers
Sunday 10/10, 1:00 p.m. ET

Three things you need to know before betting on Eagles-Panthers:

1. This marks just the fifth time in the past 20 years that Philadelphia has visited Carolina. The Eagles are 3-1 both straight-up and against the spread over their previous four trips to Charlotte, the most recent of which was a 28-23 victory as a 3-point road underdog in October 2017. Each team had a 4-1 record going into that game, which Carolina led 10-3 before three Cam Newton interceptions swung the game’s momentum in Philadelphia’s favor.

2. Carolina enters Week 5 as one of only two NFL defenses along with Buffalo that’s allowing an average of fewer than 160 passing yards per game in 2021. Offensively, the Panthers are one of only eight NFL teams that’s averaging more than 275 passing yards per game through the season’s first four weeks. NFL home favorites of between 3.5 and 10 points that are outgaining opponents by an average of 70 or more passing yards per game on the season are 3-15 against the spread since the start of 2019.

3. The Eagles have tended to play relatively low-scoring games against NFC opponents in recent years. Dating back to Philadelphia’s 37-10 road loss to the Cowboys in October 2019 in which the total closed at 50, 15 of the past 23 games the Eagles have played against NFC foes have gone Under the total. That includes each of Philadelphia’s first two games of the 2021 season, both of which closed with a total of 49. Neither game came close to that mark, with the Eagles winning their opener 32-6 in Atlanta, then losing 17-11 at home to San Francisco in Week 2. The Under is 5-1 in games Carolina has played as a favorite since the start of last season.

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