Friday before the Eagles

Posted by Darren Urban on November 29, 2013 – 4:02 pm

The Cardinals would like to get an interception Sunday. That would be a start. It’d be a start in slowing the Eagles’ high-speed offense, and a start in taking young Eagles quarterback Nick Foles down a peg. Foles has thrown 16 touchdown passes in eight appearances (five starts and one other game of significant playing time), but has yet to throw an interception. It’s an impressive stretch for an inexperienced quarterback.

The Cards are among the best in the league in getting turnovers. So maybe this is where Foles’ luck changes a bit.

“You can’t worry about throwing an interception when you’re throwing the ball,” Foles said. “I expect them to come out ready to go, ready to try to mess it up. That’s what a defense does, and they’re a talented defense.”

Cornerback Patrick Peterson, on that potential mess: “Our goal is to try and make turnovers, force him into some bad throws,” Peterson said. “We’re not getting caught up in that. The offense seems to be rolling with him. When that opportunity, if that opportunity does come, we have to make the play.” said Foles has been under pressure on just 34.8 percent of his dropbacks. That makes life as a QB easier. Linebacker Daryl Washington said there have been times when Foles has thrown balls that can be intercepted. Sunday’s game might just turn on such a situation.

— I’ve already touched on the Andre Ellington gimpy knee situation, but obviously, no Ellington would make a difference. Bruce Arians made the point it’s just one guy, but at this point, Ellington is the speed of this offense, the guy who can go all the way on a single play. His status Sunday has to impact this game, one way or the other.

— The last time the Cardinals – winners of four straight – won five straight? That was back in 1977, when Don Coryell’s bunch won six in a row in a weird season when the Cardinals went just 7-7. The winning streak made their record 7-3, and they lost their final four.

— Peterson reflecting on linebacker Karlos Dansby’s interception return for a touchdown last week: “Almost every time we break the huddle, I rub his hands, give him some of my grip,” Peterson said. Peterson smiled. “He could be in the race for defensive MVP if he caught the last six he dropped.”

— The key to this game to me is Dansby and Washington. The two inside linebackers are playing so well, and when the Cards have beat the Eagles the last two meetings, Washington has been a major factor. With the Eagles’ speed and Shady McCoy running the ball, the Cards need big games from their inside men.

— Just like Todd Bowles is having a redemptive season with the Cards after struggling with the Eagles, Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis is winning confidence after he was fired as Cards’ DC back after the 2010 season (with a stop on the Browns staff in between).

— I don’t know if Larry Fitzgerald can get free as much as he usually does against the Eagles – Philly is of course running a different look than the Andy Reid years when they always seemed to let Fitz get loose – but the rise of Michael Floyd would seem to be incentive to watch Floyd much more closely. Which should help Fitz.

— “As coach Buck (defensive line coach Brentson Buckner) always says, ‘You are remembered with the games you win in November and December,’ ” Peterson said.

Here’s the Cards’ first chance in December. It’s kind of a big one too.


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16 Responses to “Friday before the Eagles”

  1. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Nov 29, 2013 | Reply

    Let’s Go Cardinals.

  2. By jstn on Nov 29, 2013 | Reply

    please please please win, play fast hard hitting ball and turn it on sunday. Lets go Cards!!!

  3. By the way - Dr. G. on Nov 29, 2013 | Reply

    OK… Here is the “NOT WORRY” commentary… The Eagles are seriously pathetic on paper, and therefore on the field… 6-5 record..lucky to have it this good…

    To wit: 6 wins: The Eagles have not beaten a team that has a winning record. The total of those teams is 19 wins, 37 losses… totally mediocre.

    The 5 losses: They can’t beat a good team. In their losses, they have been outscored 143 to 76 !!! ….giving up twice what they score.

    As a player or coach we never want to be overconfident. Our team needs to go in and spank their butts like Denver did. The Cards have some very impressive wins against good teams, and we have not been blown out or embarrassed… ergo, a little swagger is justified.


    Be well fellow fans…..


  4. By the way - Dr. G. on Nov 29, 2013 | Reply

    Doing some late reading: ESPN reports that – when asked about the Eagles this Sunday by the Philly media… Arians is quoted as saying “They have a good college offense.” !!

    The ESPN reporters did consider this opinion to be legitimate, but…… is this Tobasco in the eye?

    I’m a big BA fan, but this sort of thing can be fuel to energize the Eagles players.

    Go Cards!

  5. By red bird of death! on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply


  6. By CORMAC on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply

    BOLD predictions……. The best we have played since 1975, we finish with 11 wins, 5 losses. :O) Go CARDS!!!! Woot woot!!!!!

  7. By shannon robinson on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply

    Yeremiah Bell will be running our flight deck. We’ll be strong up the middle : Dockett, to Dansby, to Bell. Maybe Coach Pratt gets his game ball. Welcome back Todd Bowles. Go Cards!

  8. By Kevin S Mesa on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    The whole “bulletin board” thing is overrated. Unless a guy (whether coach or player) actually comes out and says, “We’re better than they are” or “There’s no way we should lose this game” or something like that, the comments people make are generally ignored. Someone was on here getting all worried about how Carson Palmer said we had some “winnable games” before we started the stretch of Atlanta, Houston and Jax — making the same point about energizing the other teams. Didn’t really make a difference.

  9. By ored on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply

    media hype,thats their job,they can’t be on the field so they try to influence games any way they can,ba was just responding to a question,his point was if your qb runs enough,he’s gonna take hits,nfl players are faster and stronger than college,very few qb’s are the fastest player on the field and even then the defense is scheming for those plays,you may outrun one player but end up running into a blockade.that said,foles is no vick,he has rb’s for that and wideouts to throw to.

    much like ba,chip has had success also and is confident in what they do,now we get to see how the players execute their plan,just like we don’t play like the team that could’nt play consistent ball earlier,the same holds true for philly,both teams on a roll,but they have homefield.

    interesting that we have swapped defensive coaches and both teams have new head coaches and new qb’s.

  10. By the way - Dr. G. on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply

    Keven – Agreed, the general public cares not about the verbal jousting; It’s just good for tticket sales. But, trust me, every good coach in the league will avoid giving the opposing team an emotional edge. And if they hear something, they post signs and/or relay the smack from the other team to their players. They look for any edge after all the physical work is done.

    My high school coach asked all the O-line & D-line to chew lots of garlic just before the game and to concentrate on blowing it onto the guy across from them! Some things seem ridiculous, but if you can break a players concentration for a couple plays, the advantage can turn…

    The girls at the after-game dance were not happy! Be well….

  11. By red bird of death! on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply


  12. By louis on Dec 1, 2013 | Reply

    i been a cards fan for 30 years hate to say you can/t trust them they let you down in big games like these one . we will finish 7-9 these year don/t get upset when we are .

  13. By clssylssy on Dec 1, 2013 | Reply

    It seems that nobody outside Phoenix (and some here as well) believe the Cards are for real and can be successful on the road against a “recognized” team playing outdoors. Been here before and we “shocked the world” once so, time the Cards reminded the football world that, indeed, we are a relevant contender. Whiz and Horton laid a good foundation for BA and Bowles to rebuild and take to the next level amassing some real quality talent along the way who are hungry for a ticket to the Big Dance. In recent years we’ve seen some great football and it always annoys me to hear comments like, “you can’t trust them…they always let you down in big games” which couldn’t be more untrue except that, YES, this is football…there is always a winner and a loser but our guys have grit and heart and don’t want to ever lose! (Ask Nick Saban about that!) Philly is going to be a dogfight (no pun intended lol but perhaps appropriate) with some great talent on both side of the ball. I think it will come down to the coaching, the overblown and overhyped Chip Kelley with his college offense vs. the wise and seasoned NFL veteran, BA who will not be rolling the dice at his first rodeo! GO CARDS! KEEP THE RED SEA ROLLING!

  14. By the way Dr. G. on Dec 1, 2013 | Reply

    Clssy… Yea I think Saban lost his supper on the sideline post game….

    Earlier research shows the Eagles to be a team-of-hype. The odds makers are going with the home field on this one at -3.0. They haven’t covered the spread in 2 years.

    The Cardinals are on a four-game straight-up winning streak vs the Eagles. TODAY WILL MAKE IT 5 STRAIGHT WINS!

    Again, the Eagles haven’t defeated a good team yet this season. Their only chance is for some wacky accidents. The weather is cooperating. The Eagles need big plays. Cards will grind them into the dust.

    Louis…. You are the ultimate downer and your kool-aid is distorting your judgment. I thought you were sent to your room.

    GO CARDINALS! STAY HOT ON THE TRAIL…… A good day today!

    Nick, meet Mr. Campbell, Mr. Abraham and Mr. Washington…

  15. By louis on Dec 1, 2013 | Reply

    we are a bad football team .

  16. By louis on Dec 1, 2013 | Reply

    we are done no playoffs this year or next year.

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