The Philadelphia Eagles managed to survive the first two weeks of the NFL season with a pair of one-point victories. They now travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals in a battle of undefeated teams. The NFL odds list Philadelphia as 3.5-point road favorites against the Cardinals.
The Eagles are the only team in NFL history to win their first two games of a season by a single point. Despite committing a slew of turnovers in both games, the Eagles managed to win their opener 17-16 against the Cleveland Browns and last week held on to beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-23.
If the Eagles are to continue this run of good fortune they will need to get a handle on their excessive giveaway rate. Philadelphia has committed nine turnovers through two games, seven of which came at the hands of quarterback Michael Vick (six interceptions and one fumble). That is three more turnovers than any other team in the league has committed this season.
“Just thinking about it makes me sick to my stomach,” Vick said this week. “I have to do a better job with my decision making and everything will work itself out.”
The Eagles have been bolstered by the strong play of running back LeSean McCoy, who is averaging 4.2 yards a carry, and a stout defense that has allowed just 267.5 yards a game to rank fourth in the NFL. The Eagles secondary has been particularly strong as they have yet to allow an opposing receiver more than three catches in a game this season.
Of course, the Eagles secondary will be tested this week by All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has gotten off to a slow start but is due for a breakout performance. He will be targeted by quarterback Kevin Kolb, the former Eagle who re-claimed his starting spot last week because of an injury to John Skelton.
The Eagles have to consider themselves lucky to enter Arizona 2-0. However, it can also be interpreted as a positive that they found a way to win those games despite making a boatload of mistakes. If the Eagles can clean up the miscues this week they look like a good bet to cover the 3.5-point betting line.