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2012 NFL schedule: Eagles and Panthers duel on Monday night

LeSean McCoy and the Eagles will see Cam Newton on Monday night in a battle of disappointments.

Leon Halip

The Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers will play on Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field in a match of two teams thought to be much better than they have shown to be.

Philadelphia comes in 3-7 and all but certain of some major changes this offseason, including the ousting of long-time head coach Andy Reid. Michael Vick also looks to be on the next train out of town, leaving the Eagles in limbo for the future.

Of course, Carolina has also been bad, to the tune of 2-8. The Panthers haven't seen much growth from a bad defense under head coach Ron Rivera. More troubling is the fact they aren't seeing a ton of maturity from Cam Newton, either.

Other games to watch this week include a Thanksgiving Day matinee featuring the Houston Texans visiting the Detroit Lions.

Despite needing all of overtime to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston looks like the best team in the AFC at 9-1. For their part, the Lions have been a huge disappointment, dwelling in the NFC North cellar at 4-6. Detroit needs a win if it wants to stay in the playoff race.

On Sunday night, the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers tangle in a rematch of last year's NFC Divisional Playoff game at MetLife Stadium. The Giants are looking to steady themselves after two back-to-back defeats while the Packers are looking to create separation from the Chicago Bears in the NFC North.