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Eagles-Cardinals: Predictions and matchups

Here are our weekly Eagles predictions and for those wondering, these were made before DeSean Jackson was deemed inactive for the game:

Eagles-Cardinals: Predictions and matchups

The Eagles face the Cardinals this week. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
The Eagles face the Cardinals this week. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Here are our weekly Eagles predictions and for those wondering, these were made before DeSean Jackson was deemed inactive for the game:

LES BOWEN

Here we are again, the Eagles playing for their season. They responded well in that situation against the Redskins and Cowboys.

The 2-6 Cardinals beat the Rams on an 99-yard overtime punt return last week and have played some teams tough - they lost by three 2 weeks back at the Ravens, and the Giants only beat them by four. The Eagles are favored by two touchdowns. Have the lines been farther off for any team in the NFL this season than for this one?

Looks like no Kevin Kolb, as he battles turf toe. Backup John Skelton actually has a better understanding of the Cards' offense, Eagles players opined, because he played in Arizona last season, didn't parachute in 3 months ago the way Kolb did.

A couple of emailers have suggested an Eagles loss this week would actually be more merciful, would show us what we're dealing with, once and for all, and end talk of playoffs and dreams. Maybe even start the countdown toward a new coaching regime.

But life seldom offers us that degree of clarity. I figure the Eagles will slog through. They probably won't cover the generous spread, since I'm picking them to do so.

Prediction: Eagles 37, Cardinals 21

VEGAS VIC

OK, so Double V picked up a few bucks wagering against the Birds last week, but it didn't make me happy. This is one frustrating team. They'll make you laugh (a gorgeous 34-7 crush job against Dallas) and they'll make you cry (a 30-24 loss to Chicago after leading by seven points in the third quarter). So, how do we sort through the mentality of these wacky Birds? Well, we know that at 3-5, they really have no room for another loss if the playoffs are still a goal. And with the Giants coming up next week on the road, then the Patriots coming to the Linc, it had better be 4-5 after the final gun sounds this week. The good news is that Arizona is on the other side of the field. And when the Cardinals pack their travel bags, it usually spells disaster. They have won just one of the last 13 on the road. Big bounce for the Green as they put the hammer down and roll.

Prediction: Eagles, 34-14

Other selections:

Ed Barkowitz: Eagles, 27-10

Bill Conlin: Eagles, 34-21

Paul Domowitch: Eagles, 38-10

Marcus Hayes: Eagles, 30-21

John Smallwood: Eagles, 27-21

 

KEY MATCHUPS

1. Eagles DEs Trent Cole and Jason Babin vs. Cardinals OTs Levi Brown and Brandon Keith: Babin and Cole have combed for 13 sacks. Brown and Keith are below average pass-protectors. Advantage: Eagles

2. Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha vs. Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald: Asomugha is struggling in a new scheme, but the 6-2 corner negates the size advantage Fitzgerald has on most corners he goes up against. Advantage: Even

3. Eagles LG King Dunlap vs. Cardinals RDE Calais Campbell: Campbell leads the Cardinals in sacks. The 6-9 Dunlap likely will make his first career start in place of injured Evan Mathis. Advantage: Cardinals

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