One Thing I\'m Watching: Will Big V Bring Eagles A Victory?

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Les Bowen has covered the Eagles since 2002. Before that, he covered the Flyers for 13 years. He came to the Daily News from the Charlotte Observer in May 1983, just as the Sixers were winning the NBA championship. He thought, "Gosh, this sort of thing must happen all the time here."

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CHARLOTTE — One thing I’m watching tonight is Halapoulivaati Vaitai at right tackle for the Eagles, in a hostile road environment, against a group of Carolina defensive ends that includes one of the NFL’s savviest vets, 37-year-old Julius Peppers.

Maybe it’s a little unfair to “Big V” to cite that popular stat about the Birds being 9-2 with Lane, 2-8 without him in 2016, since they haven’t played without him this season. But in a matchup between 4-1 teams, the fact that a second-year, fifth-round pick with six career starts is replacing the fourth overall selection in the 2013 draft is a pretty big deal.

I really think that if Carson Wentz has time to find his receivers, the Eagles aren’t underdogs to very many teams, including the Panthers.

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