It’s a battle of the birds in Week 5 as the Arizona Cardinals face the Philadelphia Eagles. Game time is set for 1:00 EST on Sunday, October 8 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Fans can watch the game on Fox in local markets.
The Eagles enter the game as 6.5-point favorites. The over/under for the game is 39.5 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 5 betting odds and links to more game previews.
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The Cardinals have managed to squeak out a couple of wins against two of the worst teams in the NFL, the Colts and the 49ers. But Arizona has been unable to take down quality teams, losing to both Detroit and Dallas.
The loss of David Johnson to injury has hurt the Cardinals more than expected. Arizona is the worst rushing team in the NFL through four games. Meanwhile, Carson Palmer has failed to carry the team on his shoulders. He’s put up good numbers but he’s not helped the Cardinals find the end zone often enough, nor has he cut down on his turnovers.
The Eagles, on the other hand, look like the class of the NFC East early in the season. Philadelphia has won by a field goal or less the last two weeks, but right now, a road loss to Kansas City is their only blemish. Behind efficient play from Carson Wentz and a steady running game, the Eagles sit at the top of their division.
Free NFL Pick Against the Spread: Eagles -6.5
The Cardinals sit at 2-2 mainly on the basis of a soft schedule. Against Detroit and Dallas, the Cards have lost by more than a touchdown. I see a similar script this weekend, especially with Arizona being a west coast team traveling to the east coast for an early game. The Eagles should win this game comfortably and beat the spread.
Philadelphia’s biggest concern this week may be on the defensive end. Starting corner Ronald Darby is out due to injury, while defensive linemen Tim Jernigan and Fletcher Cox are both listed as questionable. However, the Cardinals may not be able to take advantage of that. Chris Johnson has become the primary running back, but he’s gaining just 2.6 yards per carry. Also, Palmer is only completing 59% of his passes. Those numbers don’t inspire a lot of confidence in the Arizona offense.
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The biggest culprit for Arizona’s offensive woes has been the offensive line. Aside from failing to open holes for the watered down collection of running backs, the offensive line has allowed Palmer to get sacked 17 times in four games. The Eagles aren’t a great pass rushing team, but they have enough athletes in the front-7 who can make Palmer uncomfortable against a porous O-line.
Meanwhile, there’s little to worry about with Philadelphia’s offense, even if the Eagles aren’t exactly explosive on that side of the ball. LeGarrette Blount has given the Eagles a steady ground game the past couple of weeks. The Cardinals have been able to slow down opposing teams on the ground. But the Eagles are rushing for over 140 yards per game, which is giving Wentz the support he needs to spread the ball around to his receivers.
The Cardinals have shown little this season that makes me think they can go on the road and beat a good team, and the Eagles are definitely a good team. This game won’t be pretty, but the Eagles will be able to grind out a convincing win and cover the spread.