Here are our weekly Eagles predictions and for those wondering, these were made before DeSean Jackson was deemed inactive for the game:
Here we are again, the Eagles playing for their season. They responded well in that situation against the Redskins and Cowboys.
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
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