Scouting Report: Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin sits on a cooler during the second half of a 25-point loss to the Redskins last week. The Eagles have lost six straight games heading into tonight’s matchup with the Carolina Panthers. Maclin had no catches in the loss to Washington.

Records: Panthers 2-8, Eagles 3-7

Line: Panthers by 3 points; Over/under: 40

TV announcers: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (ESPN and WPHL)

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Radio: 97.3, 94.1 FM and 610 AM

Forecast: Partly cloudy in the evening, then cloudy with a chance of rain and snow after midnight. Lows in the mid-30s. Northwest winds 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. (National Weather Service)

David Weinberg's pick: The Eagles' defense can't stop Cam Newton. Panthers 28, Eagles 10 (season record: 4-6)

Last time met: The Eagles opened the 2009 season with a 38-10 victory at Carolina. The Eagles forced seven turnovers and netted five sacks. Cornerback Sheldon Brown had two of the five interceptions against Jake Delhomme. Eagles defensive end Victor Abiamiri scored on a fumble return. DeSean Jackson returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown.

Eagles' best-case scenario: Rookie quarterback Nick Foles plays well enough for the Eagles to break their six-game losing streak. Rookie running back Bryce Brown rushes for 100 yards in place of injured LeSean McCoy. The Eagles contain Newton and collect three interceptions. Rookie defensive end Vinny Curry gets two sacks in his first game.

Eagles' worst-case scenario: The Eagles lose seven straight for the first time since the end of the 1994 season under coach Rich Kotite. Foles continues to struggle and throws three interceptions. The offensive line gives up five sacks against a Panthers defense guided by former Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. Newton throws four TD passes.

Keep an eye on: Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (No. 95): Johnson is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. He is tied for eighth with 8 sacks.

Notable numbers: Eagles lead series 5-2 and have won three straight. ... Panthers are making first trip to Philadelphia since 2006. ... Panthers' last win over the Eagles was the 2003 NFC championship game. ... Eagles have lost four straight by at least 10 points for the first time since 1976. ... Eagles have failed to score more than 23 points in any of their first 10 games for the first time since 1998. ... Panthers have not had a winning season since 2008.

Assessing the offenses

Eagles: They were awful against the Redskins. Place-kicker Alex Henery's two field goals were the only points. He's made 16 straight field goals and has been their best weapon. Foles threw two interceptions early and struggled throughout behind a makeshift offensive line. Wide receivers Jackson and Jeremy Maclin combined for just 5 receiving yards. Maclin did not have a catch. McCoy suffered a concussion late in the fourth quarter.

Panthers: As Newton goes, so goes the Panthers' offense. They've put up 21 points or more in five games. Newton's completed just 57 percent of his passes and has more interceptions (10) than TD passes (nine). He also is their leading rusher. Tight end Greg Olsen leads the team with 45 receptions, one more than veteran wide receiver Steve Smith. Their offensive line has also been hurt by injuries. They just signed place-kicker Graham Gano and cut Justin Medlock.


Assessing the defenses

Eagles: They were terrible against the Redskins. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III burned the secondary for four touchdown passes and registered a perfect 158.3 efficiency rating. Curry will get a chance to play for the first time this season. The Eagles now have 16 sacks after posting 50 last season. They have not had an interception in four straight games. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has been a huge disappointment.

Panthers: They fell apart late last week in an overtime loss to Tampa Bay, prompting Johnson to call out the rest of the defense. Rookie middle linebacker Luke Kuechly leads the team with 97 tackles. Their 26 sacks are fifth in the NFC. McDermott was the Eagles' defensive coordinator in 2009-10 before joining the Panthers.


Assessing the coaches

Eagles: Reid's time is almost up.

Panthers: Ron Rivera soon will be fired.



Eagles: There are going to be some empty seats at the Linc.

Panthers: They've been playing better lately.


Other views

Joseph Person, Charlotte Observer:

"Embattled Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes his job is safe at least through the end of the season. Based on his conversations with Carolina owner Jerry Richardson, Rivera thinks he will be allowed to coach the Panthers' final six games. After that, there are no guarantees."

Key matchup

Henery (6) vs. Gano (4). This game could well be decided by field goals. Henerey is 17-for-18 this season and his 16 straight successful kicks are one short of the team record. Gano, a former Redskin, was signed on Tuesday to replace Medlock, who was cut after missing three field goals in a row.

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