The Philadelphia Eagles could be without both Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy as they host the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football in Week 12. That’s terrible news for a team whose season is slipping further and further out of Andy Reid’s grasp.
Philadelphia is coming off six-consecutive losses, including three straight at Lincoln Financial field. The Carolina Panthers have had their share of struggles as well. Six of the Panthers' eight losses have been by six points or less.
Despite their record, the Panthers are not the team the Eagles want to be playing this week without their top running back and quarterback. Carolina is angry after losing another close and difficult game last week. They failed to hold onto an 11-point lead with just six minutes left to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With Nick Foles under center and Bryce Brown getting the carries, the Eagles will lose the dynamic backfield that’s helped them, to an extent, make up for the struggles of the team’s offensive line.
Michael Vick and Nick Foles combined have been sacked a league-high 33 times. Without the added threat of LeSean McCoy in the backfield, the Panthers will be able to pin their ears back and get after the rookie quarterback.
Carolina has been able to get to opposing quarterbacks this season. They’re tied with Minnesota at 11th in the NFL with 26 total sacks through their first 10 games.
The Eagles aren’t just fighting the Carolina Panthers on Monday night. They’ll also be fighting themselves, along with the realization that another season characterized by lofty expectations and a Super Bowl appearance (expectations placed on them in-part by the media) has fallen fallen by the wayside.
The Eagles have the firepower and made key offseason acquisitions needed to make the team competitive. But they've failed to allow those offensive weapons to flourish by not acquiring depth or solidifying key positions along the offensive line.
Those struggles will contribute to an awful Monday night showing against a surprisingly improved Carolina defense.
Philly's defense has been inept in recent weeks as well, which should allow Cam Newton to lead the Panthers to victory via a good night through the air and on the ground.
A loss to the struggling Panthers, by any margin, in front of the hometown crowd and a national audience watching on ESPN will be nothing short of an embarrassment.
It’s bad, really bad, and it’s only going to get worse, Eagles fans.