Eagles vs. Cardinals: Fun and intriguing stats that may influence the Week 17 strategy

We have some unsolicited advice for the Eagles game plan after looking at a few stats.

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The Cardinals have only tallied a mere 33 sacks in 2023.

If you think the Eagles have had a hard time getting to the opposing team's signal-caller (and, they have), you should see the Arizona Cardinals pass rush try to get home.

Gannon led the Eagles defense to 70 sacks a season ago. He hasn't taken that magic to the desert. His new squad has only managed 33 QB takedowns this season. Only six NFL teams tallied fewer.

The Eagles average 2.5 sacks per contest this season. Kyler Murray has been sacked two or more times in each of his starts at QB.

One good sack take deserves another. Philly's inability to create consistent pressure on the opposing signal-caller recently has been well-documented. 40 sacks is the tally after Week 16's action.

Kyler Murray, though exceptionally mobile, can potentially provide Philly with an opportunity to earn some target practice and find their 'get right' scenario. Sure, that was the same thing we were thinking when the Birds tackled New York last week. The Eagles only registered one QB takedown in that one. Hopefully, we'll see a better result versus Zona.

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