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Who's picking the Eagles?
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comTime for our weekly look at who's picking the Eagles this weekend.
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Seven of eight Daily News writers pick the Eagles.
SI.com's Peter King likes the Eagles, 24-19: CBSSports.com's
I don't think Kurt Warner will have the time to throw that he's had in his first two playoff games, which means he probably will have to throw more checkdowns than he likes. The Eagles linebackers ate up the checkdowns against the Giants last week. McNabb's out for redemption, whether he says it or not, and he'll get it near his winter home in the desert.
CBSSports.com'sPete Prisco picks the Cardinals, 24-21:
Can you believe this title game is being played in Arizona? The Cardinals hosting for the right to go the Super Bowl doesn't seem right, does it? But it is real. The Cardinals have played well in the playoffs and a big reason is the defense. The young defensive players have all elevated their games to high levels in the playoffs. That has been the biggest difference. I think that carries over here. The Eagles are playing great defense as well, but I think the Arizona offense will make some plays down the field against the aggressive Philly D. Kurt Warner will make plays into the blitz. He'll get the ball out on time. Having Larry Fitzgerald makes it easier. This has the makings of one of those last-one-with-the-ball wins title games. I just think Arizona is the chosen team. The Cardinals get to the Super Bowl.
Three out of five CBSSports.com experts pick the Cardinals to cover the 3.5-point spread.
CBSSports.com's Harmon Forecast has the Eagles winning, 23-21:
Eagles QB Donovan McNabb faces a Cardinals defense that intercepted Panthers QB Jake Delhomme five times and held him to 205 passing yards. Cardinals QB Kurt Warner will test an Eagles defense that held Giants QB Eli Manning to just 169 passing yards and recorded two interceptions. FoxSports.com's
FoxSports.com'sPeter Schrager picks the Eagles, 31-23:
Neither franchise has won a Super Bowl before, while the Cardinals haven't won any sort of "title" since 1947. Both teams will leave it all on the field Sunday. In the end, I think the Eagles are just too tough. Jim Johnson's D gets the edge over Todd Haley's O, and Donovan gets the best of Mr. Warner. It's a close one, but the Eagles prevail in the desert. Schrager also says Eagles-Ravens and Eagles-Steelers are the two best Super Bowl matchups.
ESPN.com's Bill Simmons picks the Cardinals, 26-20:
For two straight rounds, Philly was handed the football equivalent of a sewage pump leak from opposing QBs (Taint Jackson in Round 1, Eli-San in Round 2). This will not happen with Kurt Warner. And, yes, I am fully prepared to have this paragraph e-mailed to me if he throws four picks Sunday. Just concede there's an enormous competency difference with Warner vs. Tarvaris, as well as Warner vs. Eli in the wind. Or at least there should be.
Five of eight ESPN experts pick the Eagles.
Three of five Sunday Countdown experts pick the Cardinals.
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