There was a lot of hype surrounding the Arizona Cardinals defense coming into Sunday’s matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams were riding into Lincoln Financial Field on winning streaks. But it was the Eagles defense that would steal the spotlight and help Philadelphia win and stay atop first place in the NFC East in a neck-and-neck race against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Eagles defense caused three turnovers; one of them being a fumble by Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer within the firs two minutes of the game that swung the momentum even further into Philadelphia’s direction early. That initial takeaway lead to the Eagles first touchdown and gave them the lead throughout the first quarter.
Two subsequent interceptions by cornerback Cary Williams and safety Nate Allen helped the Eagles get past the Cardinals and end their impressive four-game winning streak.
Quarterback pressure and sacks also played a big part in the victory. The Eagles defense would get to Palmer five times in Sunday’s matchup. Linebackers Trent Cole and Brandon Graham both had two sacks each. While middle linebacker DeMarco Ryan chipped in one himself. The Eagles front line made the Cardinals offensive line look slow and in effective all day.
Despite all the talk about the Eagles racehorse offense, it’s just might be their defense that has changed the most. At least on Sunday, they were the main reason for the team extended their winning streak to four games.