Eagles 28, Panthers 23: Up-down drill

Carson Wentz

UP – The Legend of Carson continues. Is it too early? The Eagles quarterback took hit after hit and got up to stick dagger after dagger into the Panthers. He completed only 53 percent of his passes. But three were for touchdowns and he was without an interception.

Doug Pederson

UP – The Eagles coach has his squad prepared week-in, week-out. They play to the whistle – and sometimes past it. And they are legitimately good after another statement win. And how about that two-point conversion? Riverboat Doug gambled and hit.

Patrick Robinson

UP – The Eagles cornerback has been arguably the Eagles’ defensive MVP. Robinson may have been fortunate to have Jonathan Stewart tip an interception into his hands, but he has had a knack all season for being in the right spot at the right time. And he also made a clutch play when he pounced on a Kenjon Barner muffed punt.

Eagles RBs

DOWN – They struggled to block linebackers through most of the first half and Wentz had to run for his life. Who would have thought that Wendell Smallwood would be missed as much for his blocking?

Fletcher Cox

UP – The Eagles weathered the loss of Cox for 2-plus games, but there’s no substitute for having your best defensive player in action. The defensive tackle forced the Panthers’ first turnover when he walked Trai Turner back into Cam Newton, who tossed an interception.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai

UP – He had a few shaky early moments. Julius Peppers got around Vaitai and stripped Wentz for a fumble. But the right tackle, who filled in for the injured Lane Johnson, more than held his own.

Nigel Bradham

UP – After a shaky start to his season, Bradham has been all over the field the last two games. He notched ten tackles, one for loss and knocked away two passes. And how about Mychal Kendricks? With Jordan Hicks out with an ankle injury, he recorded a team-high 15 tackles.

Rasul Douglas

SIDEWAYS – The rookie grabbed the second interception of his short career. But he had some shaky moments in the second half. Ronald Darby, who could be back for the Redskins game, will be a welcomed addition.

Mack Hollins

UP – The rookie receiver caught two second half passes for 38 yards. Hollins has a bright future.

Officiating

DOWN – What does Pete Morelli’s crew have against the Eagles? Last season, he oversaw the referees that called 14 penalties against the Birds to the Lions’ 2. And on Thursday night, early flags against Jalen Mills (pass interference) and LeGarrette Blount (unnecessary roughing) were questionable.

Jalen Mills

SIDEWAYS – The first pass interference penalty was dubious, and maybe the second was ticky-tack, as well. But Mills did grab Curtis Samuel on a deep ball in the third quarter. The penalty negated a sprawling Rodney McLeod interception. But credit Mills with some strong tackling and another interception.

Jake Elliott

UP – His field goal streak continued – ten straight – as he hit from 50 and 48 yards.

Zach Ertz

UP – The Eagles tight end caught only two passes – but both were for touchdowns. Ertz has already matched his career high for touchdowns in a season with four.

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