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Philadelphia Eagles' Jason Peters warms up before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

DAVID WEINBERG

Staff WriterWhy this is their biggest game of the year

Carolina Panthers (3-1) at Eagles (3-3), Sunday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles are coming off their best performance of the season, a 34-13 romp over the New York Giants on Thursday. That left them atop the NFC East entering this weekend’s games. They need to beat the Panthers, however, to prove the victory wasn’t a fluke.

Evaluating the Eagles

Observations from the win over the Giants

Running back Corey Clement: Proved the Eagles don’t need another running back.

Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill: First career interception as reward for a solid performance.

Tackle Lane Johnson: Showed toughness by playing through a painful ankle injury.

Defensive back Avonte Maddox: Versatility in moving from safety to cornerback mid-game was impressive.

Tackle Jason Peters: It might be time to retire.

Coach Doug Pederson: Balanced offense paid dividends.

Evaluating the running backs

Everyone was clamoring for the Eagles to trade for one after Jay Ajayi’s season-ending injury. Clement and Wendell Smallwood showed they can handle the load. They combined to rush for 90 yards and a touchdown. Clement added three receptions for 26 yards. And Darren Sproles is scheduled to return against the Panthers.

Three-and-out with Doug Pederson

From Friday’s press conference:

Q: Do you have an update on Jason Peters’ biceps injury?

A: The early indications are positive. We just have to wait until we find out more from the medical staff.

Q: How did Lane Johnson play despite his ankle injury?

A: It’s a credit to him. He wants to be great, and great players can play through pain and injury.

Q: What were your impressions of Saquon Barkley?

A: He’s a special back. He’s big, he’s powerful, very elusive, and his long speed is exceptional. It’s a strain to get him on the ground.

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