My prediction skills are as bad as the Eagles, hence the identical records. Nonetheless, I think I got a winner this week. A loss here for the Eagles would all but end their playoff hopes and unofficially put the potential end of Andy Reid on watch again. A 3-6 mark with seven to go would mean the Eagles would likely have to win all their remaining games to reach the postseason. So this is a must, must – and one more time for emphasis – must win. So the Eagles have that going for them. And then there is Arizona, a team that is 2-6 and has for the most part looked a 2-6 team.
It doesn’t appear as if Kevin Kolb’s return to Lincoln Financial Field will happen. I’m not sure his presence at quarterback would have mattered. He hasn’t played very well. John Skelton will be under center instead. He’s got a cannon for an arm, but at 6-foot-6 isn’t very mobile. He’s also got a below-average line guarding him and I’m under the impression that Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn took a roto-rooter to his players this week in practice after they failed to record a sack against the Bears. The Cardinals best option on offense is for running back Beanie Wells to break out of a one-game funk. He’s got a balky knee, but I’m sure he’s chomping at the bit to face off against the Eagles’ soft run D.
On the other side of the ball, Arizona’s 3-4 defense isn’t very imposing. The Eagles offense seems to have an easier time against an odd-man front. Michael Vick will be looking to shake off last week’s performance, as are wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, so expect to see a few more shots downfield even if the Cardinals are playing two deep. If the Eagles can limit the mistakes – and that’s a big if – they should crush Arizona. Even if they don’t, they have more than enough to get the job done. EAGLES, 34-17.