The Arizona Cardinals will be coming into Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday riding in on a four-game winning streak to face a similarly hot Philadelphia Eagles team. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is playing his best football since his Cincinnati Bengals days, and Eagles’ defensive coordinator Bill Davis knows it.
“Yeah, he’s playing his best football I’ve seen in years. His offense in the last four weeks, when you break it down and look at that small capsule of time, this offense is as explosive and hitting on all cylinders as we’ve faced in a while now. It would be our biggest challenge of the last five, six weeks. Because not only is Carson Palmer protecting the football, he’s not turning it over, he’s spreading the football out to all the different weapons they have, and they’ve got a lot of weapons. It’s an impressive team from a talent standpoint. Then you have a wealth of knowledge on their coaching staff, so they’re a lot like us in that there is a brand‑new coaching staff, brand‑new system, a lot of free agent players and some draft picks mixed in. And you can feel them hitting their stride as far as the players understanding the system, the quarterback getting it to where it needs to be. The offensive line protecting better. This is a huge challenge for us.”
Arizona’s passing offense currently ranks 13th in the NFL. But they are coming off a 40-11 blowout over the highly-touted Indianapolis Colts where Palmer found a new weapon in wideout Michael Floyd. In the game, Palmer threw for 314 yards while Floyd recorded seven catches on seven targets for 104 of those yards. All-World wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald threw in five receptions for 52 yards and two scores. This newly-ignited passing offense will now face the NFL’s worst passing defense in Philadelphia. This will be a big challenge for this Eagles group for sure.