Philadelphia Eagles talk: Might Carolina provide a spark for Philly again?

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Nigel Bradham
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Nigel Bradham /

Many coaches on the Philadelphia Eagles’ staff credit last season’s win over the Carolina Panthers as the game that got a championship push going. Might they provide a similar spark in 2018?

There’s one good thing about playing the New York Giants on a short week. You kind of end up with a mini-bye as a result. The Philadelphia Eagles knew, after their 34-13 thumping of their arch rivals, that they wouldn’t have to see the field again until their week clash with the Carolina Panthers.

That’s a good thing. Minds are allowed to rest, and bodies are allowed to heal, but make no mistake. The Eagles have taken no time off as they prepare for another in-conference showdown. Many of the team’s coaches credit last season’s victory over the Panthers as the game that provided the springboard for Philly’s Super Bowl run.

Might the Week 7 game be the one that turns everything around?

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One might say that the Giants game was an impressive win, but it truly wasn’t. Philly was supposed to beat a lowly Giants team and they did.

Carolina is clearly in a different tier than the Giants are, so if we want to see how good this Eagles team is at this point of the season, then this game should provide a more realistic litmus test.

This time, these two teams meet in the friendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field. You already know how Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and his compadres fare when they play at ‘The Linc’.

They’re almost another team entirely. Erase their last performance at ‘The Linc’ versus the Minnesota Vikings, and you have to go all the way back to Week 14 of the 2016 season, a 27-22 loss to the Washington Redskins, to find Wentz’s last home loss.

Yep, that’s a 9-2 record since December 11th of 2016. At 3-3, this is another early season must-win for Philly.