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Arizona Cardinals (7-4) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)- Game Preview, Breakdown, Injury Report and Predictions

December 1st, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Arizona Cardinals (7-4) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)- Game Preview, Breakdown, Injury Report and Predictions | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

Time/Place- 01:00 PM, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
TV Channel/Radio Station- FOX/94.1 WIP

The Eagles come back home, after their bye week last week, this Sunday at 1:00 to play the smoking hot Arizona Cardinals at the Linc. Arizona comes in at 7-4, after a blowout victory vs. Indianapolis last week, 40-11. They’ve won four straight, and yet, if the playoffs started today, they wouldn’t make it. Thus, they are hungry and continuing to fight, to earn one of those two wild-card berths come playoff time.

On the flip side, the Eagles come in at 6-5, off of their bye week, having won three straight prior to the off week. They blew out Oakland 49-20 almost a month ago at Oakland’s Coliseum, a game in which Nick Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes (with no interceptions to boot). The next two weeks, prior to the bye, they defeated Green Bay at Lambeau 27-13 without Aaron Rodgers behind center, and defeated rival Washington at home 24-16, respectively. This season, Nick Foles has thrown zero interceptions, and 16 touchdown passes, for an amazing quarterback rating of 128; which leads the league.

Foles isn’t sure to win MVP honors just yet, because he’s missed a few games, and well, because Peyton Manning is lighting the league on fire, at a dramatic rate, but he’s proved, at least for the time being, that he’s worthy of being in this league as a starter. Chip Kelly even gave him his vote of confidence.

Defensively speaking, Philadelphia has picked up the load there tremendously as well, improving under their new 3-4 scheme, under first year (under the Eagles) defensive coordinator Billy Davis. They’ve only given up 13.5 points-per-game in their past four outings, and the improvements have led to the team being ranked 18th in the league defensively now, in points-per-game against, with 23.6. 

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Week 10: Eagles-Cardinals Preview

November 11th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | 2 Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

This week was supposed to be the sudden homecoming for Kevin Kolb, instead of getting the main course Eagles fans will be treated to a side dish of John Skelton. It is just what the Eagles need after suffering what was the toughest loss of the season Monday night against the Bears. While there can be debate over this, Philadelphia had to win that game Monday night after the Giants took care of business against the Patriots. The playoff mountain may have dumped an avalanche on the Eagles last week, but they will hold onto their rope for at least one more week.

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Eagles Offense vs. Arizona Defense

Coming into the season it was well documented how bad the Cardinals secondary could be this season and so far they have lived up to that bill. They are currently 28th (389.8 yds) in total team defense with the breakdown of pass/run per game being this: 29th (272.0 yds)/16th (117.5 yds). Perhaps the worst stat of all when looking at the Cardinals defense is that they have allowed 11 rushing touchdowns, which puts them tied for dead last in the league. So what does this mean for the Eagles? Pound the football and make smart throws.

I believe that the Eagles will have a similar game plan to what we saw against the Cowboys, with possibly a tad more emphasis on the deep ball. DeSean Jackson desperately needs to catch a deep ball to get his confidence going. Right now it just looks like he is doubting his ability to catch the football, he just needs to relax and remember what brought him to the dance. Game breaking speed in the open field. Don’t forget about Jeremy Maclin, he will line up across from A.J Jefferson who has had problems defending the pass all year long. He was dominated by Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith, and Hakeem Nicks.

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NFL 2011 Week 5 Preview and Predictions

October 7th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on NFL 2011 Week 5 Preview and Predictions | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

The theme for the first quarter of this year’s season is comebacks. Whether it is a team that was once written off completely or a team that is down by 20 points going into the second half, if you love a good comeback story there is plenty for you to like so far. These comebacks have put the NFL in an alternate universe that has the Lions at 4-0 and the Eagles at 1-3. Weird, yes, exciting for sure. Change is a good thing just ask anyone in the Detroit or Buffalo area.

This is the first week in which teams have off and teams like the Dolphins and Rams desperately need the week off not only to get healthy, but to reevaluate the aspects of the game that they need to improve on if they want to actually win some games this year. Speaking of winning I got off on a better foot last week going 13-3 (I did not get a chance to write an Eagles preview, but was going to pick the Birds in a rout, gotta stop doing that.) Let’s break down this week’s games.

New Orleans @ Carolina Panthers 1:00pm

This has the potential to be a sneaky good game. Every time that you think Cam Newton is going to have a dud he goes out there and puts up stats that are mind boggling for a rookie. Last week in Chicago he went 27/46 for 374 yards and a touchdown, he also ran for two more scores. This is a guy that you have to watch on every play because he just always seems to have a knack for making a big play. After one week of coming back down close to Earth, Steve Smith shot right back up into space with an eight catch 181 yard performance. This is a team that has two running backs who are more than capable of carrying the load, but the game plan is clear. Throw the ball down the field, which they should be able to do against the 19th ranked pass defense of the Saints.

Drew Brees and co. have been a model of consistency that can only be rivaled by the Packers. The Saints can move the ball down the field in ways that the defense can’t fathom until they sit down to look at the plays in film. Drew Brees makes all of those no name receivers look like pro bowlers. You just never know where the ball is going to go, except you better start accounting for Jimmy Graham. He has become Brees’ favorite target in the red zone and for good reason. He has three touchdowns in the red zone this year and is coming off of a 10 catch 132 yard performance against Jacksonville.

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Johnny G’s Week 14 Monday Night Pick

December 14th, 2009 by Johnny G | 4 Comments | Filed in Football, General

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After a 2-0 sweep yesterday with Green Bay and the Indy Colts, my record now stands at 13-5. Lets breakdown tonight’s Monday Night matchup.

Arizona Cardinals (-3.5) over San Francisco 49ers/ Monday 8:35 pm

At the ripe age of 38, Kurt Warner may be playing the best football of his career. As anybody who watched last Sunday Night’s game against the Vikings can see, Warner is releasing the football before the defensive line has a chance to pressure him. With receivers like Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald on the field, Warner is deadly when he is in a rhythm. The duo of Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells are also doing a fine job mixing power and speed just enough to keep the defense off balance. With each passing week this offensive unit gets more comfortable. It is evident when you have the back shoulder throws that are almost impossible to stop when thrown correctly. Boldin and Warner connected on several of them last week, where Boldin just manhandled the opposing cornerback and took the ball away from him. It is a pretty common concept on how to stop a quarterback in the NFL, and the concept also applies to Kurt Warner. To stop him, you must pressure him. The only problem is, when Warner has been pressured by the blitz, he has stepped into the blitz, taken a shot and still delivered the football. He does not get happy feet, he does not flee the pocket prematurely, and he does not throw off of his back foot to avoid a big hit. He is fearless in the pocket and hangs in there until the last possible second. The way to stop Warner will be to bring outside pressure that he does not see. Outside linebackers and cornerbacks will have to blitz for the 49ers, catching Warner off guard.

For the 49ers, who started the season 3-1 and then went into a complete tailspin after having to make a quarterback change, they are very tough to figure out. With Frank Gore in the back field and Alex Smith behind center you would think this would be a run-heavy offense. In reality, the 49ers have decided to transition to a spread offense, similar to what Alex Smith ran at Utah in order to make him feel more comfortable. Of course they now have the ability to run this type of offense now that Michael Crabtree is on the football field. Even their defense has been extremely inconsistent, giving up 34, 6, 30, 3, and 20 in their last five games all against inferior offenses than this Cardinals team. After an impressive victory against the Jaguars, they came out last week and laid an egg against the terrible Seattle Seahawks and gave Frank Gore just 8 carries on the game. I realize they are trying to make Smith comfortable but he is not Peyton Manning, where you can drop him back 30+ times a game and expect to compete. Frank Gore is a power runner and thrives off of the carries you give him. He needsto get in a rhythm just like a quarterback does and until the 49ers start to return to a balanced offense, they will not win games. On top of all of this, Nate Clements, the niner’s starting cornerback is doubtful and left tackle Joe Staley is most likely out tonight. With the way the Cardinals defense likes to put pressure on the passer, Staley’s injury may be a very big part of this game.

All in all the Cardinals are clicking on all cylinders right now. They confused Brett Favre last week, causing him to have the worst game of his brilliant season, they shut down Adrian Peterson fairly easily, and they scored at will on a very talented Vikings Defense. The offense for the Cardinals will be too much for the 49ers to handle as their spread-run style similar to the Colts system is also taking effect as the players learn the complex scheme and it is apparent they are more comfortable with it after each passing week. The 49ers are nothing more than a slightly below average NFL football team right now without a clear identity on the offensive or defensive side of the ball. Alex Smith cannot win football games by himself for you, and when you expect him to do it for you, you are going to end up on the losing end more times than not. Roll with the Cardinals minus the points tonight as we look to push this to our 4th winner in a row. Enjoy the game.

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