CHARLOTTE, NC, Sporting Alert — The NFL Week 6 fixtures will kick-off on Thursday night with Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles hitting the road to face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
Action from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, will begin at 8:25 pm ET with NFL Network, CBS and Amazon Prime Video providing the live television and streaming broadcast.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Panthers have a 55.9 percent chance of winning their fifth game of the season. For Live GameCast and More Stream Options
After five games, both teams have identical 4-1 season records, full of confidence ahead this game, and will likely overlook the short week of preparation.
Carolina Panthers have won two in a row and sits atop of the NFC South Standings with quarterback Newton coming off back-to-back standout games.
The former league MVP has thrown for eight touchdowns this season, but six of them have come in the last two games in wins over the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions.
Newton, who was limited in practice on Tuesday because of a shoulder bother, has also passed for 1,237 yards this term.
At the other end, the Eagles have won three successive games heading into Thursday Night Football and the NFC East leaders are hoping to make it four straight and pick up their fifth overall at the end of this fixture.
Offensive playmaker Wentz has enjoyed a positive start to the new season and is expected to be a handful for the Panthers’ pass defense.
The sophomore threw for a career-best four touchdowns in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals to take his overall TD tally for the season to 10.
NFL pundits have been very impressed with the early start from Wentz, who has improved significantly from his 2016 campaign.
But despite admitting that the former North Dakota State quarterback has now turned his 2016 weaknesses into strengths, the pundits aren’t getting too carried away before he faces what will be a good Panthers defense in Week 6.
Meanwhile, in Philadelphia team news before kick-off, the club is reporting that right tackle Lane Johnson has been ruled out with a concussion.
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, in the meantime, will be a game-time decision.
The Carolina Panthers have already confirmed that safeties Demetrious Cox and Kurt Coleman, as well as center Ryan Kalil have all been ruled out.
Elsewhere, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday that wide receiver Devin Funchess (knee) will likely play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.