Why this is their biggest game of the year

Carolina Panthers (2-8) at Eagles (3-7), 8:30 p.m. Monday, Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles are mired in their worst slump since 1994. If coach Andy Reid wants to stick around beyond this season, he must close the season with seven straight victories and hope that's enough to somehow sneak into the playoffs. They need to start that streak against the Panthers, who have the worst record in the NFC.

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Evaluating the Eagles

(Observations from the 31-6 loss at Washington)

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha: Somehow it's never his fault.

Defensive end Jason Babin: Needs only 131/2 more sacks to equal last season.

Tight end Brent Celek: Leads the team in dropped passes.

Quarterback Nick Foles: Get well soon, Michael Vick.

Running back LeSean McCoy: Never should have been in the game at the end.

Guard Jake Scott: Decent game, considering he's been with the team less than a week.

Evaluating the quarterback

Foles' first career start did not go well. Interceptions on the first two drives left the Eagles playing catch-up the rest of the game. He failed to get the ball to wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, who combined for just 5 receiving yards. Maclin did not have a catch. Foles also fumbled twice, though both were recovered by the Eagles.

3-and-out with Andy Reid

Q: Have you thought about resigning?

A: I'm standing in front of the team and telling them, "These are the things we need to do, one of which is to continue to battle." And so I think that (resigning) would be a cop-out. That's not the way I'm wired.

Q: Is your leadership still effective?

A: We're not winning football games and I take that responsibility. Since I'm in that leadership spot, my leadership right now isn't good enough.

Q: How does owner Jeffrey Lurie feel about the team?

A: I would tell you he is disappointed. And rightly so. He feels the same way we do, that we're letting people down in this city.

David Weinberg, 609-272-7186

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