Two teams with a heck of a lot of ties to one another will meet on the Week 3 NFL odds on Sunday afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium, where the Arizona Cardinals will host the Philadelphia Eagles in one of the two battles of the weekend between 2-0 teams.
It’s not often that you say that you see something you’ve never seen before in the history of the NFL, but the Eagles are doing something that has never been done. They are the first team in league history to win their first two games by a single point. It hasn’t been pretty for sure, and the argument could be made that Philly should be an 0-2 team right now, but perception becomes reality after some time, and in the end in the NFL, you are what your record says you are, and that’s why things are all good in the City of Brotherly Love. WR Jeremy Maclin is going to be out of the fold in this game, and that could mean more looks for the somewhat forgotten about WR DeSean Jackson. RB LeSean McCoy will be asked to touch the rock 25 times in this one for certain, and he’ll have to get his 100 total yards either on the ground or through the air as a receiver if the Eagles are going to improve to 3-0.
Arizona pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year last year when it was able to go to Lincoln Financial Field and beat the Eagles. Since that point, it has six outright upsets as underdogs amongst its 7-2 SU record, and the argument could be made that it has found some way to be one of the best teams in the league. Statistically speaking, this definitely isn’t a club that you would want to back. QB Kevin Kolb is still one of the worst five starting quarterbacks in the league, but he was able to go on the road last week and pull off what might have been the biggest upset of this season against the New England Patriots, and now he is going to surely have a chip on his shoulder when he takes on the team that traded him away two years ago. The Cards just continue to play remarkable defense, and they are now on a run of 11 consecutive games without allowing 23 points or more.
What is lost in the shuffle in all of this is that the Cardinals have played two remarkably close games as well this year. There’s no reason to believe that this one won’t be separated by a field goal at the gun, and though we think that the Eagles are going to hold serve and find some way to move to 3-0, we wouldn’t be all that surprised if the upset happened. Either way, we want that 3.5 on our side. Philadelphia 24 – Arizona 21