The 11-2 Arizona Cardinals travel to Philadelphia to take on the 6-7 Eagles in this week’s Sunday night matchup with both teams coming off impressive wins. Arizona won its 7th game in a row with a 23-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings which also clinched a playoff berth for the Cardinals. Philadelphia won its second game in a row with a 23-20 win over the Buffalo Bills. With the victory, the Eagles are now tied atop the NFC East with the Washington Redskins.
Arizona’s defense came up with a huge play at the end of the game against the Vikings. With Minnesota already in field goal range, they tried 1 more play when Dwight Freeney Sacked Teddy Bridgewater with 13 seconds remaining in the game. The sack caused a fumble which the Cardinals were able to recover which sealed the victory. Carson Palmer continued his stellar play with another efficient game. He completed 25 of 35 passes for 310 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He finished with a passer rating of 117.6. On the year, Palmer has thrown for over 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns. His favorite target was Michael Floyd who had 5 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. David Johnson led a balanced run game with 19 carries for 92 yards. Defensively, in addition to the big fumble recovery they also had 3 sacks and 7 tackles for losses. They shut down the run game as Minnesota gained only 72 yards on 24 carries.
Philadelphia’s defense also came up with a big play at the end of the game. With the Bills down 3 with 2 minutes left, Ryan Woods intercepted a deep pass from Tyrod Taylor to seal the victory. Sam Bradford had a mediocre day as he completed 23 of 38 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown. He did throw an interception early in the 4th quarter with the game tied and the Eagles already in field goal range. His favorite target was Zack Ertz who had 5 catches for 98 yards. As a team they rushed for 116 yards with Darren Sproles leading the way with 41 yards on 7 carries. Defensively, they had some issues stopping the run as Buffalo gained 152 yards on 31 carries. They forced 2 turnover as they intercepted Taylor and recovered a fumble. They also had 1 sack and 3 tackles for losses.
Cardinal’s running back Andre Ellington suffered turf toe in week 12 and could possibly return this week as his status is day-to-day. Arizona is 7-6 against the spread this season including 5-2 on the road. The Eagles are 6-7 against the spread this season including 3-3 at home. Arizona still has motivation even after clinching a playoff berth as they have yet to clinch the division. The Eagles have home field advantage and motivation of their own as they are right in the middle of the playoff chase. The Cardinals are the favorites in this game and haven’t lost since October.
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