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Eagles set to meet Cardinals in huge Week 8 game after bye

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The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-1 and coming off a dominant shutout of the New York Giants, a team that was playing well coming into Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday. Philadelphia has scored the second-most points in the league (183) through seven weeks, and LeSean McCoy finally woke up and cleared 100 yards rushing against Eli Manning and co.LeSean McCoy

So things are good. It’s certainly a good situation for Eagles fans.

But the fact remains, the Eagles have only beaten one potentially elite-level team (the Colts), and have otherwise beaten four teams who have combined to win five games this season. This is a good team that has yet to prove it is a great team.

That’s about to change. Philadelphia will be coming off a bye before they meet the Arizona Cardinals on October 26th. Arizona will come in with a 5-1 record of their own after getting by the Oakland Raiders this Sunday. After all, they were favored with sportsbook odds set at -3.5 at TopBet in NFL Week 6.

The Cardinals have had a much, much tougher schedule than the Eagles this season. They’ve responded with wins over the Chargers, Giants, Redskins and the same 49ers team that beat the Eagles a week later. Their lone loss came in a game that saw Arizona have to use their third-string QB against Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

So far this season, the Cardinals have gotten it done on both sides of the ball. And with quarterback Carson Palmer back from his nerve issue, this is going to be a tough trip to the desert for the Eagles. Let’s hope Darren Sproles, who injured his knee against the Giants, uses the time to get back to 100%. The Cardinals have the third-best rush defense in the league, allowing a measly 75.8 yards per game.

 

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