GLENDALE, AZ - It's been 38 years since the Arizona Cardinals started a season at 3 – 0. For those keeping track, that's nearly four decades of football without a three win start to a season.
On Sunday, the Cardinals have a chance to do something that hasn't been done since 1974.
The only problem is, they're playing the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that's also won two straight and has the most explosive offense in the NFL. In fact, the Eagles (led by Michael Vick) have the number one offense in the league right now, averaging over 471 yards per game, 331.5 of those coming through the air.
We talk a lot about the Cardinals defense, but one look at the league stats and you see that the Cardinals defense is ranked 13th right now, a far cry from the "Top 5" that the team has set as a goal. Another fact: the Eagles defense ranks 4th overall in the league, while the Cardinals offense ranks 30th.
Statistically, you'd think this game is all Eagles, but you know the old saying, "that's why they play the game." When you add in the fact that the Cardinals have sold out every single game played at University of Phoenix Stadium (67 straight), you might be able to throw out some of the stats that are clearly in the Eagles favor. Under Coach Whisenhunt, the Cardinals are 27 and 14 at university of Phoenix Stadium. There truly is a "home field" advantage for Arizona.
Another interesting side note to this game is that Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is facing his former team, the team that traded him away, believing he was not their future quarterback. That might just give Kolb some added incentive.
On the match-up, Kolb said, "It'll be a unique experience, I'm looking forward to it. I played with a lot of those guys. They are the ones that brought me into league. I have a lot of respect for them."
Sounds more like, "I can't wait to shove a touchdown or two down their throats and make them pay for letting me go." But that's just my interpretation, not sure what Kevin's really thinking!
It's also the first time these two teams have met since the 2008 NFC Championship game which the Cardinals won and sent them packing for Tampa Bay and the Super Bowl.
It should be a fun match-up between two very good football teams.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Arizona Cardinals
University of Phoenix Stadium
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Kick-off: 1:05 p.m.
Prediction: Eagles 24, Cardinals 17