The Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles both ended losing streaks last week. The Cardinals snapped a three-game skid with a 26-7 win over the New York Giants on the road. The Eagles ended a four-game skid at home against the New Orleans Saints in Jalen Hurts’ first NFL start at quarterback.
The two teams face off Sunday afternoon at State Farm Stadium. Who will win?
We have picks and predictions below from me, Eagles Wire managing editor Glenn Erby and then, from their weekly preview video, the AZCentral Sports staff trio of Kent Somers, Bob McManaman and Katherine Fitzgerald.
Jess Root, Cards Wire: Cardinals 31, Eagles 21
I know the Eagles are strong up front. However, Washington is as well and the Cardinals moved the ball with no problem against them back in Week 2. With the Philly O-line in the state it is in, Arizona will be able to fluster rookie QB Jalen Hurts into mistakes. He makes some plays but won't do what Tua Tagovailoa did for the Miami Dolphins because the Cardinals are healthier at cornerback.
Glenn Erby, Eagles Wire: Eagles 31, Cardinals 28
The Eagles are back in the playoff hunt and Doug Pederson rarely loses with a backup quarterback that runs the offense to his preference. I look for the Eagles to pressure Kyler Murray while living with huge performances from DeAndre Hopkins or Christian Kirk on the outside. The Eagles put pressure on the Cardinals defense with a mixture of Jalen Hurts and Miles Sanders, allowing Philadelphia to come away with a 31-28 road upset.
Katherine Fitzgerald, AZCentral Sports: Cardinals 24, Eagles 17
I think the Cardinals will win this one. The Eagles, I think, are still figuring out so much when you look at what this season has been for them. The Cardinals, coming off that game against the Giants, I think their defense will look good again. It's just a question of what magnitude.
Bob McManaman, AZCentral Sports: Cardinals 30, Eagles 27
Jalen Hurts is no Daniel Jones. He's not a hobbled guy who is a turnover machine. He's a young kid who can run. He's going to be a big difference-maker. I think the Cardinals will win it but it will be a nail-biter.
Kent Somers, AZCentral Sports: Cardinals 31, Eagles 23
I'm going to go with the Cardinals, too. I think their offense is in much better shape than the Eagles' offense. I think they'll return to form a little bit at midseason when they have five games of 30-plus points. Listen to the latest from Cards Wire's Jess Root on his podcast, Rise Up, See Red. Subscribe on Apple podcasts or Spotify. Latest show: