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Matchup and Milestones: Week 7 at Philadelphia Eagles

Matchup Notes

Carolina Panther Julius Peppers (90) sacks Philadelphia Eagle quarterback Carson Wentz at Bank of American Stadium on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Charlotte, NC.

--Carolina trails the all-time series with Philadelphia, 4-7. The teams have alternated victories in the last four matchups, all of which came in primetime. Carolina is 2-4 all-time at Philadelphia, including a 14-3 win in the 2003 NFC Championship game.

--Sunday marks the third consecutive season that Carolina has played a road game at the Super Bowl champion and the 16th time facing the reigning Super Bowl champion in the regular season or playoffs in franchise history. Carolina has faced the NFC champion in every season since 2008. The Panthers won at New England last season.

--The Panthers have only allowed eight sacks over the season's first five games, ranking second in the NFL. That mark ties for the fewest sacks allowed over a season's first five games in franchise history.

--Despite rushing for 81 yards at Washington, Carolina still ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing at 139.4 yards per game. The Panthers led the league in rushing over the past three weeks.  

--Last week, Devin Funchess recorded his 19th career touchdown reception for Carolina, tying him with Ted Ginn, Jr. for fifth-most all-time. His 116 career points rank 11th in franchise history among all players.

--Julius Peppers recorded his first sack of the season last week at Washington. In 10 career games against Philadelphia, Peppers has 28 tackles, 5.0 sacks, six pass deflections, three forced fumbles, one interception and one touchdown.

Upcoming Milestones

Injured Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick stands on the field with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) after an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Panthers players have a number of career milestones that could be in reach for Sunday's game:

--Cam Newton needs two rushing first downs to pass Michael Vick (343) for most rushing first downs by a quarterback in NFL history.

--Devin Funchess needs 52 receiving yards to pass Ted Ginn, Jr., for eighth place all-time in franchise history. He also needs five points to pass Stephen Davis (120) for 10th place in franchise history in scoring.

--Christian McCaffrey needs one receiving touchdown to tie DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart (7) for the most receiving TDs by a running back in franchise history.

--Greg Olsen needs one receiving touchdown to tie Wesley Walls and others with 54 career touchdowns, tying for 12th all-time among tight ends.

--Mario Addison needs 2.0 sacks to pass Kevin Greene (41.5) for fourth place in franchise history in sacks.


Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) runs against New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32), during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

--Panthers head coach Ron Rivera spent five seasons from 1999-2003 as the linebackers coach for the Eagles. The Eagles advanced to the NFC Championship game in each of his final three seasons. 

--Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper coached with the USFL's Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars from 1983-85.

--Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was selected by the Panthers in the team's 1995 expansion draft, but was released later that spring.

--Eagles linebackers coach Ken Flajole was the linebackers coach for the Panthers from 2003-08. Flajole coached with Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner on the Cleveland Browns staff in 2013.

--Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley played collegiately at South Carolina in 1995-96 and was elected to South Carolina's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

--Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith played with the Eagles in 2017, winning a Super Bowl ring.

--Eagles injured reserve tight end Richard Rodgers is the son of Panthers secondary coach Richard Rodgers, Sr.

--Several Panthers are from the Philadelphia region including DJ Moore (Philadelphia, Pa.), Cameron Artis-Payne (Harrisburg, Pa.) and Damiere Byrd (Sicklerville, N.J.). Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is from St. Matthews, S.C. He played collegiately at South Carolina.

--Panthers guard Greg Van Roten played collegiately at Penn. 

--Panthers safety Eric Reid, cornerback Donte Jackson, and offensive lineman Trai Turner played with Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills at LSU.

--Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox played with Panthers defensive tackle Kyle Love at Mississippi State.

--Eagles punter Cameron Johnston played with Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel at Ohio State.

--Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett played with Panthers safety Rashaan Gaulden at Tennessee.

--Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery played with Panther wide receiver Damiere Byrd at South Carolina. 

--Panthers defensive end Wes Horton played with Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor at Southern Cal.

--Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson played with Eagles cornerback Sidney Jones and tight end Joshua Perkins at the University of Washington.

--Panthers kicker Graham Gano and Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham played together at Florida State.

Carolina is 5-7 all-time against Philadelphia, including record-setting fourth-quarter comeback in 2018 and a win in the 2003 NFC Championship game.