NFL Week 3 odds: Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals
It’s a pair of 2-0 teams that will meet up Sunday in the desert, but are these teams good or lucky? Philadelphia has won each of its first two games by one point each and has done so despite nine total turnovers. The Cardinals pulled the stunner of the early season with a win in New England a week ago but has won its two games by a total of six points.
Philadelphia beat the Ravens 24-23 on Sunday as Michael Vick scored on a 1-yard run with just 1:55 remaining. Trailing 23-17, Vick led the Eagles down the field with a 10-play, 80-yard march to take the lead, capped by the touchdown scamper. Vick finished the game 23-for-32 through the air for 371 yards and a touchdown, but threw two interceptions. Vick also rushed for 34 yards and a score. LeSean McCoy ran for 81 yards and a touchdown, but lost a fumble, one of the Eagles’ four turnovers.
The Cardinals won 20-18 at New England, handing Tom Brady the first loss in a home opener in his career. QB Kevin Kolb, who engineered a game-winning drive in the season opener after starter John Skelton suffered an ankle injury, completed 15-of-27 passes for 140 yards with a touchdown. He added another score on the ground for the Cardinals, who are 2-0 for the first time in four years.
In the past 50 years, only four teams have turned the ball over at least four times in each of their first two games and won both games. The Eagles can’t afford to continue that trend if they hope to win many more. The play-action pass seems to be the Eagles’ top weapon; thus far, Vick has completed all 15 of his passes off the play-action fake. It’s the threat of Vick or one of his backs running with the ball that freezes the secondary long enough for Philadelphia’s receivers to break free.
Last year, Arizona won 21-17 at Philadelphia when Skelton connected with WR Early Doucet for 5-yard TD pass with 1:53 remaining. Skelton remains out and Kolb will start again. He was the Eagles’ starter entering the 2010 season but was injured in Week 1 and lost his job to Vick. Kolb, who didn’t play in last year’s game, was traded to Arizona before the 2011 season.
WAGERWEB.COM ODDS: Eagles -4 (43.5)
EAGLES NOTES: 1st team in NFL history to win 1st 2 games of season each by 1 point … Since 2010, QB Michael Vick is only NFL player with 7,000+ pass (7,009) & 1,000+ rush (1,331) yards. Aims for 4th 300-yard game in row … RB LeSean McCoy rushed for 81 yards & TD in last meeting. Since 2010, is 1 of 2 NFL players with 2,500+ rush yards (2,580) & 30+ scrimmage TDs (30) … Incl. playoffs, WR-PR DeSean Jackson has 30 TDs (23 rec., 4 PR, 3 rush) in career & averages 45.4 yards per TD (1,361 yards). Had 7 catches for 114 yards last week. WR Jeremy Maclin aims for 5th in row with TD or 100+ yards. TE Brent Celek had 8 catches for career-high 157 yards last week … DE Jason Babin has 9 sacks in past 7. LB DeMeco Ryans had sack & INT last week. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had sack in last meeting. Was drafted in 1st round by Arz. in 2008. Since 2006, DE Trent Cole has 64 sacks, 3rd most in NFL. CB Nnamdi Asomugha had INT in last meeting…
CARDINALS NOTES: Aim for 1st 3-0 start since 1974 … QB Kevin Kolb was drafted by Phi. in 2nd round of 2007 Draft. Has 110.8 4th Q rating … When RB Beanie Wells has 17+ att., team is 7-3 … WR Larry Fitzgerald has 698 catches & can be youngest to reach 700. Since 2005, leads NFL in rec. yards (8,902) & rec. TDs (65). In 4 games vs. Phi. (incl. playoffs), has 26 catches for 456 yards (114 per game) with 8 TDs. In past 2 (incl. playoffs) vs. Eagles, has 16 catches for 298 yards (149 per game) & 5 TDs. WR Andre Roberts has TD in 4 of past 6. WR Early Doucet had TD catch in last meeting … DE Calais Campbell had 2 sacks last week. Had INT in last meeting. CB-PR Patrick Peterson had INT in Week 2. S Adrian Wilson is 1 of 5 S in NFL history with 20+ sacks (22.5) & 25+ INTs (27). Since 2007, DT Darnell Dockett has 28.5 sacks, most by DT. LB Daryl Washington had team-high 9 tackles & sack in last meeting. Is 1 of 6 NFL players with 6+ sacks (6) & 2+ INTs (2) since 2011. LB Quentin Groves blocked punt & had sack last week.
WAGERWEB.COM TRENDS: Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 3. Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Cardinals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC. Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game. Cardinals are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. Home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.