Which Five Eagles Need To Play Well Against Panthers?

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Jason Kelce, Center

The Philadelphia Eagles offensive line has taken a bunch of heat this season and for good reason. The team has been very inconsistent in the run game and it starts up front. For the first couple of weeks, the three stalwarts of the o-line seemed to be struggling. Left tackle Jason Peters wasn’t his usual Hall of Fame self because of a quad injury, right tackle Lane Johnson was dealing with a knee injury and was inconsistent, and center Jason Kelce seemed to be getting blown up in run/pass protection, committed badly timed penalties, and had a bunch of errant snaps.

Both Peters and Johnson seem to have hit their stride as of late, except for Kelce. The Pro Bowl center is usually one of the best in the business but has struggled at times this season. Whether it was the holding penalty that negated a big screen pass and killed the drive and most likely the game against the Atlanta Falcons, the poor snap against Dallas that caused the team to lose much needed momentum after the defense created a turnover, or this past Monday when Kelce had another bad penalty to kill a drive and had a bad snap to kill another.

The Eagles seem to be running the ball better so you have to give some credit, but there have been numerous times when Kelce in one way or another kills good looking/key drives. If Kelce can play like his usual Pro Bowl self, the team will be in good shape against a good Panthers defense.

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