Can the Panthers bounce back Sunday against the Eagles? Here’s what NFL experts think

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OK, so the trip to Texas didn’t go so well for the Carolina Panthers last week. But the team is back at home Sunday against a 1-3 Eagles team that’s on a three-game losing streak.

So do the NFL experts think Carolina marches on to a 4-1 record, or drops back-to-back games in an (on paper) upset?

Only one of the 10 ESPN experts who picked this game likes the Eagles. The lone wolf? Seth Wickersham.

But Wickersham is not alone among the Worldwide Leader’s staff. Count Tim McManus, too, on the upset train. He likes Eagles 26-23.

“Panthers QB Sam Darnold’s carriage will turn back into a pumpkin,” McManus writes. “It’s been quite the Cinderella start for Darnold, who has three games with 300-plus passing yards this season and multiple rushing touchdowns each of the past two games. But his offensive line has been shaky even before the injuries. Carolina ranks 30th with a pass block win rate of 44%, and Darnold has been sacked 11 times, tied for sixth-most. ... Darnold will be roughed up and commit multiple turnovers.”

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com thinks the Panthers win a close game 24-20.

“Philadelphia could try to mash Carolina up front like the Cowboys’ offensive line did last Sunday,” Rosenthal writes. “A lot of the Panthers’ creative blitz packages are rendered useless if a team is able to run straight at them. Then again, this is a passing league. Carolina coach Matt Rhule is better than Nick Sirianni at scheming players open for his young quarterback, and Sam Darnold is holding up just well enough behind an offensive line that has played a little worse each week.”

Bill Bender of the Sporting News thinks Philly wins 28-21.

”Philadelphia has issues against the run, but will the Panthers stick with it long enough?” Bender writes. “Jalen Hurts spreads out the Panthers’ defense and avoids the big turnover, and Miles Sanders scores the game-winning TD in the fourth quarter.”

All eight members of the CBS Sports expert panel like Carolina to win. Four of the six Bleacher Report experts also like Carolina. And over at College Football News, seven of the nine experts pick Carolina, including Clucko The Chicken, who had been going against the Panthers all year.