Sunday, November 13, 2011
How you feeling? Eagles-Cardinals
By Dan Graziano
As you get ready for this afternoon's home game against the Arizona Cardinals, here's one reason for Philadelphia Eagles fans to feel good and one reason for concern:
Feeling good: Even with DeSean Jackson benched for missing a Saturday meeting, the Eagles still have plenty of passing-game weapons with which to take advantage of the Cardinals' suspect secondary. Assuming the Eagles can keep the heat off of Michael Vick with the offensive line and the running game as they have been lately, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and Brent Celek ought to be able to get open and make some big plays down the field. The Cardinals can be run on, too, which bodes well for Philadelphia's No. 1-ranked rush offense. Expect a lot of LeSean McCoy and a couple of designed run plays by Vick.
Cause for concern: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is the major cause for concern for every team the Cardinals play, and the Eagles' coverages have been a cause for concern this season even against lesser wideouts. It will be interesting to see how much Philadelphia uses Nnamdi Asomugha in coverage on Fitzgerald and, when they do, whether he plays 5-to-10 yards off of him the way the Eagles have been playing their corners most of this season. If they can't tighten up on Fitzgerald, he's likely to burn them at least once.