Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals
Date and Time: Sunday, 10/26/14 at 4:05pm on FOX
Game Line: Arizona Cardinals -2.5 (from WagerWeb)
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals Sunday NFL Football Analysis: In a division that produced both conference finalists a season ago, the Arizona Cardinals find themselves in first place. Extending their lead to two games in the NFC West will require a win over one of the league’s other one loss teams, the Philadelphia Eagles. Both bring two game winning streaks into Sunday’s matchup, with the Cardinals trying to stay perfect at home while the Eagles return from a bye with some key names back practicing. The Cardinals are 1 1/2 games ahead of idle San Francisco and might be the surprise team of the division. However, coach Bruce Arians is quick to point out his team still hasn’t reached the level of accomplishment of last season’s conference finalists, the 49ers and Seattle. The latest step forward was Sunday’s 24-13 win in Oakland, the Cardinals’ third in as many games with Carson Palmer starting at quarterback. Palmer, playing his second game after a shoulder injury kept him out the previous three, completed 22 of 31 passes for 253 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Cardinals went 10-6 last year in Palmer’s first season in Arizona but missed the playoffs after a 3-4 start. Since, they’re 10-2 with him as a starter, and his 97.8 rating in that time ranks seventh in the NFL ahead of many elite NFL quarterbacks. He’ll be going up against a Philadelphia defense that seemed to find its way before a Week 7 bye. The Eagles went into the week off riding a 27-0 home win over the New York Giants on Oct. 12, in which they allowed a season low 254 yards after surrendering an average of 461.3 over the previous three games. With Palmer starting, the Cardinals are averaging 361.7 yards of total offense as opposed to 273.0 in their three games without him. The Eagles, now looking up at 6-1 Dallas, might also be healthier on offense. Running back Darren Sproles could play after suffering a sprained MCL against the Giants, something he didn’t think would be possible after the injury occurred. In the passing game, the Eagles will be hoping for improvement from Nick Fo.es. The quarterback has thrown five interceptions in three games and seven for the season after throwing 27 TDs to two interceptions in 13 games in 2013. He might need a particularly strong game through the air to open up the running game. The Cardinals have the top run defense in the NFL, allowing 72.5 yards per game after limiting Oakland to just 56.
Sunday NFL Week 8 Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals Free Picks: Philadelphia Eagles +2.5 and over 48
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals Game Prediction: 27-24 Eagles
What to expect in this Week 8 NFL Football match up: The Arizona defense is one of the best in the league against the run, and one of the worst against the pass. That’s a tough combination to be successful with when going up against Chip Kelley’s high octane offensive scheme. Arizona will contain Philadelphia as a whole but a few big plays down the field from Nick Foles will be all their offense needs to get a big road win in this game. Arizona has been playing over their heads against bad teams lately but that will change on Sunday.