The Arizona Cardinals (5-1) are coming off a solid performance against the winless Oakland Raiders. The Cardinals now sit in first place on top of the powerhouse NFC West. In the strongest division in football, the Cardinals have distinguished themselves from the pack. They are certainly the biggest surprise outside of the Dallas Cowboys this season. If the Cardinals are to continue their winning ways, they will have to do it against a feisty Philadelphia Eagles squad.
The Philadelphia Eagles (5-1) are coming off their bye week. In the Eagles final game before their bye, they completely dismantled their division rivals, the New York Giants. In that game, the Eagles shut out the Giants 27-0. It was truly a dominant all-around performance by Chip Kelly’s Eagles. If the Eagles are to continue flying high, they’ll need a solid offensive performance against a stingy Cardinals defense.
Cardinals Vs Eagles Week 8 Odds
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Eagles +2.5 (-100)
Cardinals -2.5 (-120)
Cardinals: Carson Palmer is now completely healthy and appears ready to lead the Cardinals’ passing attack the rest of the season. In Palmer’s absence, the Cardinals went 3-1 and beat several quality teams, while only losing to the Broncos in Denver. Now with Carson firmly in control of the offense and running-back Andre Ellington as the feature back, the Cardinals’ offense is on the verge of hitting its stride. Ellington’s offensive prowess and consistency is one of the biggest factors in the Cardinals’ offensive success this season. If the Cardinals are going to beat the eagles at home this week, the success of Ellington in both running the ball and in the passing game is critical. On the other side of the ball, the Cardinals’ defense is going to have its work cut out for them. With two weeks to prepare, the Eagles are going to have new wrinkles that the Cardinals will need to adjust too. The Eagles’ fast paced offense was on full display against the Giants. If the Cardinals are going to slow the Eagles down, they will need to stop LeSean McCoy. If McCoy finds success on the ground and rushes for more than 100 yards, the Cardinals are in trouble.
Eagles: Philadelphia has had two weeks to prepare for this game. Before the season, having two weeks to prepare for the Cardinals might not have seemed as important. But with the Cardinals leading the NFC West, it has become clear that these birds know how to ruffle some feather. The Cardinals have one of the best defenses in the NFL. The reason they were able to win without a true quarterback the first four weeks was because of their dominant defensive play. If the Eagles are going to win this Sunday, they will need to protect Nick Foles from the Cardinals’ pass-rush. In last week’s blowout over the Giants, Nick Foles still managed to throw two interceptions. Foles is completing less than 60% of his passes on the season. Against a weaker opponent like the Giants at home, the Eagles can get away with those mistakes, but they will not be able to get away with the mental errors in Arizona. If the Eagles are to win, Nick Foles will need to play error free.
This matchup is the game of the week. The Eagles are the slight underdog and for good reason. The Cardinals’ defense has been able to absorb injuries to key guys and still dominate. Both teams need to keep pace with other elite teams in their respected divisions. The Cardinals’ defense-line is going to get to Nick Foles in this one and that could be a disaster. LeSean McCoy eclipsed the 100 yard mark against the Giants for just the first time all season. Against Tommy Kelly and the rest of the Cardinals’ defense front, do not expect a repeat performance. Carson Palmer and the rest of the Cardinals will play good enough to get the win.
Arizona Cardinals 26 Philadelphia Eagles 23
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