The Monday night football betting match-up between the Carolina Panthers and the Philadelphia Eagles is an interesting one for a number of reasons, the most intriguing of which may well be that the Eagles fortunes now ride on a backup QB who has not exactly had a career that many would consider to be particularly special.
Date/Time: Monday, November 10, 8:30 PM. ET.
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Broadcast on ESPN
The 6-2 Eagles looked to be rolling this season, but questions now have to be asked about how it will end, now that QB Nick Foles is out with a broken collarbone, replaced by the much maligned Mark Sanchez. Fans of the New York Jets spent a good deal of their time over the past few years pointing their finger at Sanchez as being a big part of their problems. Whether that is fair or not is certainly open to discussion, but what cannot be denied is the positive impact that he made against the Texans last week when coming in to replace Foles. Whether or not he can ride that positive start the rest of the way remains to be seen, especially given his rather spotty track record.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 10, 2014
It may help that the opponents for the Eagles on Monday night is a Carolina Panthers team that is in something of a tailspin. Their record over the last 7 games is a pretty woeful 1-5-1, yet they are still hanging around in the NFC South, thanks in large part to the poor performances of all the other teams in that division. The New Orleans Saints are beginning to show some signs of life there, though, so the Panthers are going to have to get back on track, and quickly, if they want to have any chance of topping their division and landing a spot in the playoffs.
The Eagles are a 7-point home favorite despite the fact that their backup QB will be taking all the snaps. They are 5-3 ATS on the season, but that includes a 3-1 ATS record at home. They are also 1-0 on Monday night games this season, but are 2-2 ATS on Monday nights in the past 3 seasons. The Panthers are 5-3 ATS on the season, which includes going 2-2 ATS on the road. They do not fare so well, though, when facing teams with a winning record.
PANTHERS: +7-110, OV 48 ½ -110, ML +270
EAGLES: -7-110, UN 48 ½ -110, ML -320
Mark Sanchez is definitely the “X” factor here, as you never really know what you are going to get from him. He did look sharp last week versus the Texans, and he definitely has a lot more weapons at his disposal than he did in New York. I think he continues to perform well, which is why I think the Eagles will come out with a victory on this one.