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Eagles Capitalize On Early Turnovers

The Eagles hosted the Carolina Panthers in a Monday Night Football matchup ...

That's one way to make Mark Sanchez's first start as an Eagle a little bit easier.

The Eagles forced turnovers on each of the first two Panthers' drives which resulted in a 10-0 lead early in the first quarter.

On the Panthers' second play from scrimmage, linebacker Casey Matthews, starting for the injured DeMeco Ryans, forced a DeAngelo Williams fumble that was recovered by defensive end Cedric Thornton at the Panthers' 22-yard line.

Cody Parkey cashed in with his 13th-straight field, this one from 39 yards out, to put the Eagles on the board.

It only took the Panthers one more play to commit a second turnover as quarterback Cam Newton's pass over the middle intended for wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was intercepted by cornerback Cary Williams. It was Williams' first pick of the year.

From the Panthers' 43-yard line, Sanchez hit wide receiver Jeremy Maclin over the middle for a 15-yard gain. Two plays later, Sanchez showed tremendous patience in the pocket waiting for tight end Brent Celek to get open for a 21-yard gain. Running back Darren Sproles scored on a wide open 8-yard touchdown run to the left side of the line.

The Eagles entered the game with a -10 turnover ratio, but have the early edge with two takeaways.

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