Philly Sports Network roundtable: Predicting the result of Eagles showdown with Cardinals

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We’re just a few hours away from the Eagles week five showdown with Arizona. There will be plenty of things to watch in today’s game at the Linc, but most importantly this will show the true character of this Eagles team. With that in mind, It’s time to once again ask our writers how they think today’s game will pan out.

 

Liam “Cup of Tea” Jenkins 2-1
The Eagles have the home-field advantage, but let’s not forget that like the Cardinals, they’re coming back off of a West Coast trip. Without Wendell Smallwood, the Eagles Offense is going to have to have complete faith in establishing the run if the offense is to remain balanced, but can they do it against a Defense that has come up big whenever they’ve had their backs to the wall this season?

If the Cardinals can control the tempo and pick apart an Eagles secondary where off-coverage is the name of the game, I think Arizona wins this. However, if the Eagles can get Arizona into a shoo

Eagles 24 Cardinals 21

 

 

Brenden “my picks are” Pedigree 2-1
The most important thing for the Philadelphia Eagles to come out with their second home win will be for the secondary to rebound and contain Larry “Eagle Killer” Fitzgerald. Last week, the Eagles allowed both Tyrell Williams and Keenan Allen to go over the 100-yard mark for the game. In eight games against Philadelphia, Larry Fitzgerald has averaged 6.25 catches, over 100 yards and almost a touchdown and a half. If the Eagles can contain Fitz, the defense’s job gets a whole lot easier. Patrick Robinson and Malcolm Jenkins will be key in containing the future Hall of Famer.

The Cardinals are also without their starting left tackle, DJ Humphries. If the Cardinals adopt the Giants’ game plan of throwing quick passes, this will help combat the Eagles’ pass rush. Derek Barnett and Vinny Curry have a real shot at each notching their first sacks on the season.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the Cardinals pull this one out. I am going to go against that suspicion, though and I have the Eagles improving to 4-1. Again, head coach Doug Pederson calls a clean game while Carson Wentz has the first three-touchdown game of his career.

 

Eagles 31 Cardinals 27

 

 

Chris “Has the best sounding name of any of our writers” Coviello 3-0
Prior to the season, the Cardinals coming to Philly looked like a daunting task. After the injury to David Johnson the Cards simply don’t look as formidable. Arizona boasts some excellent wide receivers including down field threats John and Juron Brown along with JJ Nelson and Eagle killer Larry Fitzgerald. They may be able to hang around for a while with a couple big plays. The Eagles are missing star DT Fletcher Cox for the 2nd straight game but they should be fine without him for this one. Arizona has always seemed to be a thorn in the Eagles side, dating back to their days in the NFC East, but Philly is locked in right now.

The Eagles D will limit the Cardinal wide receivers and force a turnover or 2 from Carson Palmer. Offensively, we will continue to see a commitment to the run game. Look for Corey Clement to have a nice day. I expect a comfortable victory for the Birds.

Eagles 27 Cardinals 17

 

Anthony “The new guy” Brinkley: 1-0
After last week, where no one was giving the Eagles a chance to win, it seems as everyone is choosing them this week. This game is going to be won in the trenches because I believe both team will be able to love the ball. With that being said I believe the Eagles have the better O-Line and D-Line.

Eagles Win – 27-17

 

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