By the numbers: Panthers vs. Eagles
Posted October 12
Charlotte, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers welcome the Philadelphia Eagles to Bank of America Stadium in a Thursday Night Football tilt with first place in the NFC on the line.
Both the Panthers and Eagles enter Thursday night’s primetime matchup with identical 4-1 records with Week 5 wins against the Lions and Cardinals, respectively.
Philadelphia holds a 6-4 advantage in the all-time series with the Panthers, but Carolina has won two of the last three meetings.
Here’s a look at the significant numbers between the Panthers and Eagles leading up to their Thursday night matchup:
Cam Newton has been among the top quarterbacks in the league over the last two weeks, and the former MVP will look for his third-straight 300-yard passing game on Thursday.
Newton passed for 355 yards in Week 5 against Detroit – his 16th career 300-yard passing game – to follow up a 313-yard performance against New England in Week 4.
Over the past two weeks, Newton has thrown for 671 yards, tossed six interceptions and posted quarterback ratings of over 130 in consecutive games.
Carolina will don its all-blue Color Rush uniforms for the third time since 2015 on Thursday. The Panthers are undefeated when wearing the all-blue uniforms.
Nov. 26, 2015: Panthers 33, Cowboys 14
Nov. 17, 2016: Panthers 23, Saints 20
*Bold denotes Panthers home game
Three Panthers have been ruled out for Thursday night – center Ryan Kalil, and safeties Kurt Coleman and Demetrious Cox.
Kalil has missed the last four weeks a neck injury, Coleman continues to rehab after spraining his MCL, and Cox is nursing an ankle injury.
Wide receiver Devin Funchess and cornerback Daryl Worley did not practice on Monday or Tuesday this week, but the two were full participants on Wednesday and are expected to suit up.
The Panthers and Eagles will meet for the 10th time in regular season play on Thursday, and the fifth all-time in Charlotte. Carolina and Philadelphia have split the series at Bank of America Stadium, 2-2.
Nov. 7, 1999: Panthers 33, Eagles 7
Nov. 30, 2003: Panthers 16, Eagles 25
Sept. 13, 2009: Panthers 10, Eagles 38
Oct. 25, 2015: Panthers 25, Eagles 16
Carolina has appeared in six Thursday night football games since 2007, but the Panthers haven’t fared well in the early week action.
The Panthers hold a 2-4 all-time record in Thursday games, but Carolina did win its most recent contest, a 23-20 win against New Orleans in 2016.
Philadelphia will be making its eighth Thursday night appearance. The Eagles are 4-3 in Thursday night games dating back to 2008.
The Eagles and Panthers have owned time of possession this season, ranking No. 1 and No. 2 in the league.
Philadelphia leads the NFL with an average of 35:32, and Carolina is close behind with 33:16 per contest.
The Panthers have used two fourth quarter drives spanning eight minutes apiece this season, the first time in franchise history.
The Panthers are hosting their first-ever “Keep Pounding” game on Thursday, which will support the NFL’s “Crucial Catch” cancer initiative.
Carolina has used the “Keep Pounding” rally cry ever since the Panthers’ playoff run in 2004, when former linebacker Sam Mills – then an assistant coach – coined the phrase during a pregame locker room speech prior to the team’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Mills died in April of 2015 have a battle with intestinal cancer. The Panthers will wear No. 51 decals on their helmets in Mills’ honor on Thursday.
Philadelphia’s offense leads the NFL with a 53.4 percent conversion rate on third down, taking the Panthers top spot after trouncing the Cardinals in Week 5.
Carolina is right behind the Eagles in second place, converting on 50 percent of its third downs through five weeks.
The Panthers finished last season ranked 22nd in third down efficiency.
Panthers veteran defense end Julius Peppers took down Matthew Stafford last week in Detroit to post back-to-back weeks with at least one sack.
The 37-year-old lead Carolina with 5.5 sacks, including three in the last two weeks.
Peppers, who has 86.5 career sacks, is two sacks away from passing Chris Doleman for fourth all-time in NFL history.
Carolina’s defense ranks 3rd in the league with 274 yards allowed per contest.
The Panthers’ average of 79.8 rushing yards allowed ranks 7th, and the team’s 194.2 passing yards per contest ranks 5th in the NFL.
Carolina has allowed 18.8 points per game, which ranks No. 8 in the league.