Philadelphia at Carolina- NFL Week 6 Thursday Night Game Preview and Pick

BetAnySports Pointspread: Carolina -3

BetAnySports Total Line: 45.5

 

Two of the better teams in the NFC this season square off against one another this Thursday night in a prime time tilt between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Carolina Panthers in an 8:25 p.m. (ET) start on CBS from Bank of America Stadium.

 

Philadelphia at Carolina Game Preview

 

The Eagles have vaulted to the top of the NFC East this season at 4-1 straight-up following a 7-9 record in 2016. They ran all over Arizona on Sunday 34-7 as six-point home favorites to improve to 3-2 against the spread. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing 45-point line against the Cardinals after going OVER in their previous three outings. Philadelphia has gone 2-1 both SU and ATS in its first three road games this year, but it is still 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road.

 

With second-year quarterback Carson Wentz leading the passing game and free-agent acquisition LeGarrette Blount leading the team in rushing, the Eagles are ranked sixth in the NFL in scoring with an average of 27.4 points per game and third in total yards. While their defense continues to have some issues against the pass, this unit is ranked second in the league at stopping the run.

 

Carolina slipped to six SU wins last season coming off a Super Bowl run in 2015, but it has gotten things pointed in the right direction this season at 4-1 SU (3-1-1 ATS) in its first five games. The total went OVER BetAnySports’ 41.5-point in Sunday’s 27-24 road win against Detroit as slight two-point underdogs and it has gone OVER in the Panthers’ last three games.

 

Cam Newton needed a few weeks to shake off the rust from last season’s shoulder injury, but he has gotten things headed in the right direction with six touchdown throws against one interception in his last two starts. This offense is still just 18th in the NFL in both yards gained (327.2) and points scored (21.0). Defensively, Carolina is eighth in the league in points allowed (18.8) and third in total yards (274.0).

 

Philadelphia at Carolina Free Game Prediction

 

Each of these teams have done a good job at keeping their opponents out of the end zone in recent weeks, but Thursday night’s matchup could come down to which one has the ball last with both quarterbacks playing at a high level. This opens the door to a play on the OVER on BetAnySports’ current 45.5-point total line.