After taking last week off, the Eagles are back in action this Sunday afternoon on the road against Arizona. Both of these teams come into this NFC showdown with identical 5-1 records and while the Cardinals have taken a much more conventional approach to posting their fast start out of the gate, our beloved Birds have made things extremely interesting from the opening kickoff of the Jacksonville game.
Philadelphia set a new NFL record for overcoming three-straight double-digit deficits to start a season 3-0. It was just two yards away from knocking-off San Francisco after special teams and the defense combined to score all the points in a 26-21 loss. The following week the Eagles built a 27-point lead late in the third quarter only to hold on for a six-point win. The good news is that heading into its bye Philly finally put it together in every phase of the game to wax the Giants 27-0. This was the Eagles at their best with six sacks on defense and 149 yards on the ground by LeSean McCoy.
I stayed away from this Sunday's game against the Cardinals when it came to my NFC East "pick of the week", but if I had to make a wager on the outcome I would go with the OVER on a total line of 48. Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer returned to the starting lineup two weeks ago and the offense responded by putting-up 30 points in a win against Washington and 24 points in last week's victory over Oakland. Philadelphia is ranked third in the NFL in scoring with an average 30.5 points a game, so touchdowns and field goals should not be too hard to come by for either of these teams come Sunday afternoon.
I did make an official pick on Monday night's Washington at Dallas game in my weekly NFC East preview for Doc's Sports. Last week I went against the Cowboys and paid the price, but I believe that I am dead-on with this week's play. Check it out at the following link on Doc's.
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