November 25, 02012
By Will Strome, NFLWeather.com, special to NFP
After six straight losses, the downward spiral continues for the Philadelphia Eagles. With a 3-7 record on the season, a loss at home to the Carolina Panthers on Monday night will all but end a dismal campaign. With rain expected, Philly will turn to the ground game to alleviate the pressure off a quarterback who couldn’t shake the first game jitters a week ago.
NFLWeather.com forecasts a 30% chance of precipitation inside Lincoln Financial Field. The evening low will be around 38 so snow isn’t expected but a freezing rain should be. Conditions will be frigid and uncomfortable on what will be an extremely slick grass surface.
With Michael Vick unlikely to play Monday night against the Panthers, rookie Nick Foles will be called upon again to start his second consecutive game. Last week, Foles looked unprepared throwing two picks in the Eagles first two drives and ultimately ending the game right then and there en route to a 31-6 thumping from Robert Griffin III’s Washington Redskins. Another 46 passing attempts this week will without a doubt deliver the Eagles a disappointing seventh straight loss in damp and dreary fashion. In a rain game, the number of throws needs to be cut in half and include zero picks, but that won’t happen in this offense.
It also doesn’t help the Eagles that LeSean McCoy will likely be in street clothes with Vick as they both continue to recover from concussions. In his place will be the first time starter Bryce Brown who managed to rack up 141 total yards on 4.4 yards a carry. Not nearly as electric and exciting as McCoy, Brown will have to grind it out in the rain.
The only factor that seems to favor Philly is the Panthers’ uncanny ability to consistently blow fourth quarter leads and lose close games. A week ago they were up 11 with less than five minutes remaining and they lost by a TD in OT. The Panthers are 0-6 in games decided by a touchdown or less this year. According to NFLWeather’s Historical Analytics, they’ve lost their last three road rain games. Posting a pathetic 2-8 record, maybe some freezing rain and inexperience at the oppositions’ QB and RB could put Cam Newton’s Panthers in a position to win and not give it away.
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