Dating back to the end of last season both the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals have, for the most part, been on the winning side of their games. Both teams missed the playoffs in 2011 but finished the season strong pulling out big wins. Sunday in Arizona both teams will look to continue their winning ways in 2012, while attempting to give the other its first loss.
The Arizona Cardinals have been a surprise to many in two regular season games. Last weeks victory over the Patriots was certainly unforeseen and to the credit of the Cardinals a huge win. With all the quarterback controversy that surrounded the team in the preseason, it has been amazing to see them start off the season as strong as they have. Quarterback Kevin Kolb, who was heavily criticized for his ability to stand tough in the pocket and deliver the football, entered the Cardinals opener, after starter John Skelton went down with an injury, pulled out a victory and has not looked back. This week Kolb faces and undefeated Eagles team whose defense has improved mightily from a year ago.
The Philadelphia Eagles have been a surprise thus far for many different reasons. Many people, myself included, picked the Eagles to win the NFC East this year and make a deep run in the playoffs. The Eagles have played like anything but a team looking to make a serious run at a championship. In two games the Eagles have accounted for nine turnovers, seven coming at the hands of Quarterback Michael Vick. They pulled out an impressive win last week against a talented Baltimore Ravens team but looked pathetic in week one as they were taken to the wire by the much less formidable Cleveland Browns.
The Eagles have and explosive, high risk, high reward offense. They can score from anywhere on the field with their speed but have been prone to turnovers due to the nature of a high risk scheme/quarterback. Sunday at Arizona, they face a defense that has play makers in Patrick Peterson, Adrian Wilson, and Darnell Dockett. The Cardinals have a stout defense that can get pressure on the quarterback. Michael Vick will need to play a smart Sunday and try and limit turnovers. The Eagles early season recipe for winning, albeit successful thus far, won’t hold up if they continue to give their opposition added possessions.
The Eagles Defense will have their hands full Sunday trying to contain All Pro wide-out Larry Fitzgerald. In last weeks win over the Patriots, Fitzgerald had one catch. Look for Arizona Head Coach, Ken Wisenhunt to get Larry more involved n the offense Sunday against the Eagles. The Eagles will also have to stop running backs Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams. The Cardinals have yet to have a decent game running the ball, look for them to get the run game going to open up Kevin Kolb and Fitzgerald.
Sundays match up between these two unbeaten teams should be a close, exciting contest. Both teams certainly have the ability and talent to get a win. This game will come down to the play of starting quarterbacks Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb. Which ever quarterback can limit his mistakes and throw the ball efficiently will most likely come out of this game with the victory.
Side Note: I am not a believer in Kevin Kolb as a quarterback but then again I’ve never been much of a believer in Vick either. The injuries, turnovers and failure to play smart football at times has always steered me away from Vick as a franchise quarterback. Any how, I do believe Vick is the better quarterback of the two and I’m giving the Eagles the win Sunday in a close game 24-20.
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Written by Tito Javier
I'm 23 years old. Young and ambitious. I had many thoughts and dreams of what I wanted to do but I have since realized that Sports are my passion and my future.