Originally written on Eagles Eye  |  Last updated 11/8/14

The memory of the Cardinals flying into Baltimore a few weeks ago and nearly knocking off the Ravens is still fresh to me, so I must admit my perspective of the 2-6 team from Arizona coming into Philly this weekend is deeply biased. 

All I know for sure about the Cardinals as a threat to the Eagles' chance to rebound to a 4-5 record on Sunday is: Kevin Kolb will not be pitching for Arizona (turf toe), and rookie Patrick Peterson has emerged as a bona fide punt return threat on special teams.

Patrick Peterson is contributing as a DB in the nickel packages, but has not been nearly as spectacular there...where he's been lighting it up is on the return team. He's already taken 3 to the house this year.

To get a better look at the Cardinals, I turned to Jess Root, a sportsblogger who writes for Revenge of the Birds.com and also General Arizona Cardinal News...

"The Cardinals will head in to Philly this week and face one of the most talented teams on paper, with some incredible team speed and talent. However, the Eagles have not yet put it together. "

The opening line for the game shows little faith in the Cardinals. They open as 14-point underdogs. That's a lot of points to give.
"Now, you may know me as being a little too positive about the Cardinals. There is hope in my mind for the Cardinals, based on their ability to stay in really every single game this year except against the Minnesota Vikings. But this Eagles offense is very, very talented. The were moving the ball rather easily it seemed against one of the most physical defenses in the league in the Chicago Bears

"The Philly defense looks suspect. They have really good coverage guys, but they did not get a single sack against a Bears offensive line reputed for terrible pass blocking. Their run defense is weak. 

"Here's the problem for the Cards---unless Beanie Wells gets a lot healthier, he won't be able to attack the Philly defense the way that Matt Forte did many times. The other running backs on the roster (Chester Taylor, Alfonso Smith, LaRod Stephens-Howling) just simply have not shown they can carry a running game. 

"We also don't know the quarterback situation. As much as many here want to say that John Skelton should start after beating the Rams, let us remember the 50 minutes of suck offense in that game... It looked like 2010, but it was against a bad 1-6 team. Kevin Kolb, as much as he has had struggles, has led some good drives. He is not as poised in the pocket, but he is better than Skelton. 

"Defensively, stopping the Eagles' speed is going to be a challenge. Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin -- that is a tall task. 

"The Cardinals showed they could run with the big boys for at least a half against the Ravens. They certainly have the talent to be able to do it. The problem is that there are key injuries to attack the Cards' depth, and then there is the fact that the Cardinals have yet to put a good steady 60 minutes together."

Thanks for the commentary, Jess... and of course it looks like a mixed bag of caution and optimism on both sides, if you ask me. The Eagles know what the Cardinals almost pulled off in Baltimore. They're watching tape from that game on their iPads as we speak...


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