It’s not just the Phillies taking on the Cardinals this weekend; the Eagles are headed to Arizona to take on the football Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.
The Birds – uh, our Birds – are the NFL’s lone remaining unbeaten team, which puts a target on the backs of Jalen Hurts and company. Will fellow Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray topple the Eagles from the throne, or will we see a Dallas Week unlike any we’ve seen in a number of years?
Time will tell. In the intervening, Joe and John will try to tell as well. Joe won last week, so he goes first.
Joe (2-2-0): Did you know that the Eagles have never won at whatever the stadium in Glendale, Arizona, is called? They’re apparently 0-4. I’m not going to drag this out any further like I normally do: that stat will disappear into a cloud of desert dust by the time the Phillies start Game 3 of their Wild Card series (if necessary).
Why? The Eagles rank near the top of the league in net yards per play. They gain a lot on offense and they don’t give up a lot on defense. Arizona, on the other hand, ranks near the bottom. Middle-of-the-road teams beat good ones all the time, but the recipe for that sort of upset doesn’t usually include being massively outgained on a consistent basis.
Could the Cardinals win this game? Sure. Could I open my door and find a wealthy and gorgeous model/actress waiting to make me her househusband? Also yes. But it’s not happening, and neither is an Arizona victory on Sunday. Eagles 31, Cardinals 10.
Offensive Standout: Miles Sanders
Defensive Standout: Darius Slay
John (2-2-0): This looks like a trap game. It feels like a trap game. It won’t be.
When the season began, the Eagles seemed like they were a better team than the Cardinals. Now, it’s obvious that they are much better than Arizona (and maybe everyone else in the NFC. Maybe).
Expect Philly to roll over its feathered foes on Sunday, which could be an epic day in the annals of Philadelphia sports if the Phillies are still set to play a season-defining nightcap that night.
The defense has been spreading the action around, but look for James Bradberry to continue his stellar season. Haason Reddick and Kyzir White could also be primed for more havoc on that side of the ball.
Offensively? It feels like it’s time for another big game from A.J. Brown. Quez Watkins also seems like he’s overdue to be whichever Batman he is on offense, possibly putting the finishing move on the game itself this week. Eagles 27, Cardinals 21.
Offensive Standout: A.J. Brown
Defensive Standout: James Bradberry