Before Carolina's recent 27-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on the road, there were plenty of doubters. While there still may be a few who aren't ready to jump on the Panthers' bandwagon just yet, Cam Newton and company are ready to continue their incredible run. Will Newton be slowed down by Philadelphia's defense like Eli Manning was in Week 6? Or will he prove to be too much for the Eagles in this prime time matchup?
Here are three keys to the game for the Panthers.
1. Let Cam Newton use his legs
The Philadelphia Eagles haven't been tested by opposing quarterbacks on the ground much this season, which could bode well for Newton. Philadelphia has allowed just 16 rushes for 51 yards and a touchdown to quarterbacks, but as we know, Newton loves to run the football. Through five games this season, Newton has rushed 50 times for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Don't be surprised to see him tack on one more rushing score and quite a few yards against the Eagles on Sunday.
2. Get pressure in Sam Bradford's face
There's only one quarterback with more interceptions than Bradford to this point in 2015. Surprisingly, that player is Peyton Manning. Regardless, the Panthers need to attack Bradford and make him force the ball into tight spaces. Carolina has 13 sacks this season, so it's obviously an area where they could be a bit better, but they still find themselves in the top half of the league. Bradford has already had four games with multiple interceptions, including the five he threw over the last two games. Expect Carolina to be ready to swarm in the secondary.
3. Shut down DeMarco Murray
Yes, Murray has gotten back on the right track, scoring a touchdown in each of the last two games, while averaging 97.5 yards per game on the ground. What's interesting about the five games that Murray has played in, is the two games he produced well, the Eagles won. The three where he was essentially a non-factor? Well, those were all losses. In those three games, Murray rushed 29 times for 47 yards and one touchdown. If the Panthers can keep Murray to a quiet day rushing, it'll bode well for their chances to win this game, as it'll also make Bradford's life quite a bit tougher.