The passing game isn't the only part making an impact on the offense.
While Cox was on the field Tuesday, the Eagles were without Lane Johnson (concussion) and Wendell Smallwood (knee). The Eagles were 3-2 with one loss coming by a touchdown and the other by one point, a near mirror to this season had a single field goal not gone through.
"You have to be good in so many different areas". "He can be a pocket passer, he can run the read-option, he can run designed runs, he can run off-schedule runs, but he's as good a pocket passer as there is". So I think that's what make it's hard to defend every one of those. He's not a one-trick pony. The last meeting was in 2015 in Charlotte in Chip Kelly's final season as head coach. Those responsibilities could fall on Jordan Hicks on Thursday.
The Panthers have been hard to score on so far this season. In past 2 on Thursday, has 177 rush yards (88.5 per game) & 2 TDs. He can run the ball and he can throw the ball. The pass rushers must avoid getting so deep that Newton can easily get to the edge.
That's exactly what Newton has done in recent weeks.
You get the point, the teams that are atop the National Football League in wins are usually winning during the game, thus running the ball more and the losing team is running less.
This season is remarkably similar: Wentz has 1,362 passing yards, 7.69 yards per attempt, and a 62.15 completion percentage. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has expressed some concern about how well his team is blocking for Jonathan Stewart, who is without a touchdown on the ground this season. They could be missing another important player.
His weapons have also improved.
Newton blistered a 10-yard touchdown strike to Devin Funchess last week in Detroit, then later dropped a 31-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin in a spot where only Benjamin could catch it.
Newton knows how to find them.
FAST FACTS: Eagles QB Carson Wentz completed 21 of 30 (70 pct.) for 304 yards, 4 TDs & 1 INT for 128.3 rating in Week 5. WR Nelson Agholor led team with career-high 93 rec. yards & TD last week.
"The trainers, the doctors are doing a great job of rehabbing everything", Cox said after practice. "When he scrambles, he's looking for guys to throw the ball to".
For the Eagles, this week is even more challenging because they also have to get on a plane Wednesday.
The best way to prepare for a Thursday night game, though, is by thinking their way through it in their spare time as many times as it takes.
The Eagles have overcome several key injuries - top cornerback Ronald Darby hasn't played since Week 1 and do-it-all back Darren Sproles went down for the season in Week 3.
Whether it was Wentz in training camp or Ward this week, it will be a different experience for the Eagles on Thursday.
"We've emphasized situational football since the spring", said Wentz.
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