The Philadelphia Eagles face one of their toughest tests of the 2013 season when they host the surging Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. To stay in contention in the NFC East, Chip Kelly will need to find a way to outduel Bruce Arians, who has done an extraordinary job in his first season with his squad.
What may decide the game is Nick Foles’ ability to pick apart the underrated Cardinals defense. Led by Calais Campbell and Patrick Peterson, Arizona comes to town riding a four-game winning streak. The Cardinals have allowed an average of just 15.5 points per game over the last month, and they rate in the top 10 in the league in both total defense and scoring defense.
What Arizona did to Andrew Luck last week was remarkable, holding the MVP candidate to just 163 passing yards on 39 attempts. Foles will have to play terrific for four quarters, but he’s not the only Eagle who needs to turn in a strong performance.
Philadelphia will have to be clicking on offense, defense and special teams, and this game could very well come down to the outcomes of any one of the following five individual matchups.