NFL Monday Night Football Week #12

Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles +3 OvUn 40.5

November 26th, 2012 TV: ESPN 8:20 EST

Two NFC teams that anticipated a big 2012 now meet each other with little on the line, other than perhaps pride in primetime.

The Panthers come into Philly on the heels of a 27-21 loss against Tampa Bay, in which they led until the final minutes of regulation. The Buccaneers came back from 11 points down to force overtime before ultimately winning on a Dallas Clark touchdown. Head coach Ron Rivera may likely be playing for his job the rest of the season, and as the team continues to struggle many question if he will be around next year. Owner Shadid Khan has already let heads roll earlier in the season, firing longtime general manager Marty Hurney.

The Eagles face a similar uphill battle to respectability. Now mired in a five game losing streak, Philadelphia is without Michael Vick who is still recovering from a concussion sustained two weeks ago. They will once again roll with rookie QB Nick Foles, who has been battered and bruised in his previous appearances. The Eagles again lost last Sunday to the Redskins in a route, 31-6. Everyone is on the hotseat in the City of Brotherly Love as the team has failed to meet expectations for the third straight year. The Eagles will also be without Lesean McCoy who suffered a concussion last week.

The Line

The one opened at Philly +2.5, but has moved to Philly +3 at most shops. The total has moved slightly from the opener of 41 to 40.5.

The Play

Ugh, what a pathetic Monday Night matchup. We are not interested in this one much either from a fan’s perspective, but we do like the Panthers with the oddsmakers. The Eagles have already given up on the season, as evidence of last week’s debacle at Washington. This team simply has given up on their coach and do not have the personal to match up with Carolina even if they were motivated enough to play. Carolina’s defense has slowly been improving and should be able to force a few turnovers from the inexperience of Foles. Also, not having McCoy takes away a dimension the Eagles desperately need to take the pressure off Foles. We love Carolina in this one.

We are taking Carolina -3. I would say get them at for the best price.

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