Philadelphia at Arizona Expert NFL Week 8 PredictionsNoah Williams
Philadelphia battles Arizona on Oct. 26 in a huge clash between two 5 and 1 teams. Philly is known as the offensive powerhouse while Arizona is considered the defensive team.
Will Philly’s sped up offense find a way to counter Arizona’s lock down defense?
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals
When: 4:05 pm ET, Oct. 26
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Betting Odds: Arizona -2.5
Eagles vs Cardinals Expert NFL Week 8 Predictions Analysis
The consensus, 52%, believe that Philadelphia is the play at +2.5 points in this game. Philly has found a way to win even though for a long stretch this season, their offensive line was in shambles.
The line is healthier now but it’s still not where it could be. The offensive line troubles have shown up in the way that quarterback Nick Foles has played. Foles hasn’t been nearly as sharp this NFL Season as he was last season. His QB rating is only 82.1 and his TD to Interception ratio is 10 to 7. Foles might be turning it around, though. In the 27 to 0 victory over the New York Giants two weeks ago, Foles threw for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also threw 2 picks, but, lucky for the Eagles, the Giants couldn’t capitalize on the mistakes.
One thing that occurred in the win over the Giants that could help Foles in this game is that the Eagles rushed for 203 yards. LeSean McCoy finally kicked it into gear. McCoy had 149 yards from 22 attempts. Darren Sproles also had a good game, but he got injured and is questionable for this matchup against the Cardinals.
— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) October 22, 2014
Every year, Arizona is in playoff contention and every year, for some reason, it takes until Week 8 for anybody to pay attention to them. The offense hasn’t been very good, it only averages 317.3 total yards per game, but the Cards do have an excuse. AZ’s starting quarterback, Carson Palmer, is finally healthy. Palmer’s return immediately paid dividends for the Cardinals in the 24 to 13 victory over Oakland last Sunday.
Palmer threw for 253 yards and 2 touchdowns to only 1 interception. His QB rating in the game ended up at 103.3. Palmer’s got a bevy of weapons in which he can throw the ball to and Philly’s defense, although decent, can be exploited.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 22, 2014
The Eagles give up 124.3 yards per carry on the ground on average. That’s not very good. The Philly D also allows 256.5 yards per game through the air. When Palmer isn’t throwing the ball to Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald, RB Andre Ellington should be rushing it against a soft Philly front seven. Philadelphia’s offense is fantastic, it scores 30.5 points per game and averages 378.3 yards, but the Cardinals defense is the best in the NFL against the rush, it allows only 72.5 yards per game, and we’ve already discussed Foles’ issues this season.
The trends point to an Arizona cover. AZ is 7 and 1 ATS in their last 8 games versus an NFC opponent. The Cardinals are also 7 and 2 against the spread in their last 9 games following an ATS win and 8 and 2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win while Philly is 4-11-1 against the spread versus a team with a winning record.
Arizona is a home favorite that should be able to cover against Philadelphia on Sunday. The Eagles are going to have a hard time rushing the ball, which means that the AZ defense can sit back and force Nick Foles into mistakes.
NFL Week 8 Prediction: Philadelphia 20 Arizona Cardinals 24