A Guarantee: The Birds Will Win the NFC Championship Game

NC Nighthawk@NC Nighthawk (my Xbox gamertag)Analyst IJanuary 14, 2009

I guarantee that the birds will win the NFC Championship game. :-)

Is this match up as simple as it looks?  If the Eagles do not turn the ball over and self-destruct like the Falcons and Panthers did in their playoff losses to the Cardinals, Philadelphia wins.

Probably.  However, Arizona has earned my respect and I won’t sell them short. 

While they are still a passing team, the run has become more successful in the Cardinals post season.  The defense suddenly turned up the intensity and improved tackling in the playoffs.

Arizona simply won their weak division.  A miraculous series events occurred on Week 17 Sunday that propelled Philadelphia into the playoffs.

In the NFL, it isn’t how long your team is hot, it’s when.  Timing is everything, especially in January.

While not 100 percent, Brian Westbrook appears to be healthy.   Brian Westbrook will get a lot of touches both by running and receiving.  Westbrook could have a huge game, unless Arizona contains him.

McNabb, who is going to his fifth NFC Championship in 10 NFL seasons, epitomizes the resilience of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Donovan McNabb is playing some of the best football he has played in a long time. He is not always accurate, but he seems much more comfortable with DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis. With a healthy Westbrook, McNabb will have his opportunities to make plays down the field.

The Eagles’ defense is playing at a top level. The Eagles are known for their  blitz schemes and they have been harassing quarterbacks as of late.  We all know that Kurt Warner is subject to fumbles when he gets pressure in the pocket. The Eagles are the kind of team that can do it play after play after play

Asante Samuel often seems to come up with interceptions at the right time and it will be strength on strength with him matched up on the Cardinals’ excellent receivers, a tougher match than Carolina’s weak DBs.

With Edgerrin James having fresh legs and just about as much post season experience as anyone, and the hard-nosed running of rookie Tim Hightower, Arizona’s emergence of a running game has been one of the top surprises of the post season.

Of course, Kurt Warner is a seasoned veteran with playoff experience who has perhaps the best NFL WR duo: Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.

With the way both defenses is playing, each unit is capable of stopping anyone. This game has the potential to be a great game that should feature big plays by both teams on both sides of the ball.

Probably about 90 percent of previews will pick the Eagles to win and therefore, the Cardinals’ “us against the world” mentality will continue to serve them well. I do not expect a repeat of the 48-20 Philly romp in the regular season.

Philadelphia better not show up with over-confidence. This game will be close.

I look forward to the quarterback matchup of Warner versus McNabb.  Which quarterback will throw more TD passes?

A victory over the surprising Cardinals would put the Eagles in the Super Bowl for just the third time in franchise history. Of course, an Arizona win puts the Cardinals in their first Super Bowl ever, leaving only the Saints and Lions as the only two NFC teams never to have made a Supper Bowl appearance.

The Eagles may be inspired by their MLB counterparts, the Phillies, and their World Series victory.

Philadelphia will end Arizona’s run. The Eagles will stop the Cardinals’  running game and keep Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner on his heels, neutralizing his awesome pair of wide receivers.

The Silver Fox Forecast: Eagles 30, Cardinals 24

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