This game features two coaches that are not just on the hot seat, but two coaches whose fate has probably already been sealed, and won’t be returning next season; there is a definite Dead Man Walking feeling to this game.
Since managing to find a way to begin the season 3-1, the Eagles have lost six straight games – with the margin of the losses getting incrementally larger as the streak progresses. The last time Philly lost seven in a row was in 1983, when Ron Jaworski (18 interceptions, 11 fumbles) was the QB, leading the team to a league-worst 14.6 points per game.
For Philadelphia to win this game they need to do a better job in pass protection, and they need to contain Cam Newton.
Carolina’s defense is not very good, and they are reeling just as badly as the Eagles are, having lost seven of their last eight games. They need to keep their composure and avoid dumb penalties; they have lost four games this year in which they led in the 4th quarter, and have lost six games by six or fewer points.
2-8 Carolina Panthers
Offense: 18.4 ppg (28th), 334 ypg (21st)
226 passing ypg (17th), 108 rushing ypg (18th)
Defense: 24.3 ppg (21st), 351 ypg (18th)
232 passing ypg (17th), 118 rushing ypg (20th)
15 Takeaways (21st), 18 Giveaways (25th); Net -3 (17th)
3-7 Philadelphia Eagles
Offense: 16.2 ppg (31st), 362 ypg (13th)
240 passing ypg (15th), 122 rushing ypg (11th)
Defense: 25.2 pg (23rd), 340 ypg (12th)
222 passing ypg (13th), 118 rushing ypg (18th)
10 Takeaways (30th), 24 Giveaways (31st); Net -14 (30th)
Odds: Panthers are road favorites, by 1½ points
Over/under is 40½ points
Prediction: Panthers 24, Eagles 17
This Day In Patriots History
November 26, 1967:
Houston Oilers 27, Boston Patriots 6 at Rice Stadium
Jim Nance ran for 109 yards on 18 carries and added another 43 yards on three receptions to provide nearly all of the Patriots offense. Nick Buoniconti had two interceptions for the Pats.
November 26, 1972 at Memorial Stadium:
Baltimore Colts 31, New England Patriots 0 at Memorial Stadium
George Hoey and Honor Jackson each had an interception for the Pats, and Josh Ashton had 87 yards on 20 rushes.
November 26, 1978:
New England Patriots 35, Baltimore Colts 14 at Memorial Stadium
Mike Haynes had a 36-yard return of an interception for a touchdown as the Pats improved their record to 10-3. Steve Grogan threw touchdown passes of 23 yards to Harold Jackson and 75 yards to Stanley Morgan, and Morgan finished the game with an incredible 170 yards receiving. Andy Johnson had 88 yards rushing, including a 52-yard run and an 11-yard touchdown; he also had a 31-yard reception. Sam Cunningham also had a touchdown run, and Raymond Clayborn joined Haynes with an interception for the Pats.
November 26, 1989:
Los Angeles Raiders 24, New England Patriots 21 at the LA Coliseum
Steve Grogan threw three touchdown passes but the Raiders won it on a 4th quarter field goal by Jeff Jaeger.
Grogan threw touchdown passes of one yard to Cedric Jones, 49 yards to Irving Fryar, and 24 yards to Hart Lee Dykes. Vincent Brown, Gary Jeter and Ken Sims combined for four sacks, and the Pats defense limited Bo Jackson to just 64 yards rushing on 20 carries to help keep it close against the heavily favored Raiders.
November 26, 1995:
New England Patriots 35, Buffalo Bills 25 at Rich Stadium
The Pats came from behind with three 4th quarter touchdowns to upset the Bills in Buffalo in a game where Drew Bledsoe threw three touchdown passes to Ben Coates.
After each team kicked a 1st quarter field goal, Bledsoe connected with Coates for a 6-yard touchdown to give the Pats a 10-3 lead. Buffalo came back with a Jim Kelly touchdown pass, a field goal and a 69-yard pick-six by Cornelius Bennett, and led 19-10 at halftime. Matt Bahr‘s second field goal cut the deficit to six, but a touchdown run by Thurman Thomas put Buffalo up 25-13 at the end of three quarters.
In the 4th quarter Bledsoe threw touchdowns passes of 4 yards and 15 yards to Coates; on the second TD the Pats converted a 2-point conversion on a pass from Bledsoe to Curtis Martin, to put the Patriots up 28-25. Chris Slade then sealed the win by intercepting a Kelly pass and returning it 27 yards for a touchdown.
Myron Guyton and Ty Law also had interceptions for the Pats, and Willie McGinest got his sixth sack of the season. On offense Curtis Martin rushed for 148 yards, and Vincent Brisby had 101 yards on six receptions.
November 26, 2006:
New England Patriots 17, Chicago Bears 13 at Gillette Stadium
Asante Samuel had three interceptions off Rex Grossman and the Pats handed the Bears just their second loss of the season.
The game was perhaps most well known for not a Tom Brady pass, but a run. On a 3rd and 9 at the Chicago 14 Brady took off, and juked Brian Urlacher out of his jockstrap as he went 11 yards to pick up the first down. With 8:22 to go Brady ended up throwing a 2-yard touchdown to Ben Watson on that drive, for what turned out to be the game-winning points as the Pats went up 17-10.
The Patriots were able to overcome a strong game by the Chicago defense, which came up with five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions), including three picks by Charles Tillman.
Brady finished with 267 yards passing, Watson had 87 yards receiving, and Laurence Maroney had a touchdown run; Richard Seymour had a critical blocked field goal attempt and Stephen Gostkoski nailed a 52-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
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November 26, 1939:
Tina Turner was born in Nutbush, Tennessee
November 26, 1945:
John McVie of Fleetwood Mac was born in Ealing, London
November 26, 1967:
Incense and Peppermints by the Strawberry Alarm Clock becomes the number one single
November 26, 1968:
Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London
November 26, 1976:
The Sex Pistols released the single Anarchy In The UK.
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