Posted October 12, 2017 at 05:30 AM | Updated October 12, 2017 at 05:31 AM
By Eliot Shorr-Parks | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
CHARLOTTE, NC — Five games into the season, the 4-1 Eagles find themselves just hours away from a primetime game against one of the best teams in the league, the Carolina Panthers, that could end up both feeling like a playoff game, and end up having playoff implications.
Are they ready?
We will find out soon enough, as the Eagles’ Thursday night game is going to be the best test this young team has had so far this season, and could end up telling us a lot about how prepared they are to make a serious postseason run.
Here are some final thoughts and bold predictions before kickoff tonight at Bank of America Stadium.
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Here are some final thoughts before the Eagles and Panthers kickoff.
PANTHERS RECEIVERS VS. EAGLES CORNERBACKS
Each week it seems the Eagles go into their game with concerns about how their cornerbacks will be able to hold up against the opposing set of receivers. Against the Panthers, however, the Eagles’ cornerbacks might actually have a favorable matchup.
The Panthers starting set of receivers, Kelvin Benjamin and Malcolm Funchess, are talented but they do not have the elite down-the-field speed the Eagles’ cornerbacks have been dealing with over the last few weeks.
A strength of both Rasul Douglas and Jalen Mills is their ability to be physical, as both stand over 6-feet tall, with Douglas measuring in a 6-foot-2. Both are well equipped to deal with the Panthers’ physical receivers.
As for Patrick Robinson, he has been one of the best nickel cornerbacks in the NFL this season, and should be able to handle Russell Shepherd in the slot, which will allow safety Malcolm Jenkins to stay at safety and not move up to the line of scrimmage like he had to last week against the Arizona Cardinals.