Eagles vs. Cardinals: Recent trends that can't extend into Week 17's Jonathan Gannon Bowl

It's critical that the Eagles learn from their mistakes down the stretch. Have they?
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The Cardinals rank 31st in opposing QB passer rating and 31st in completion percentage in 2023.

Okay, this one isn't an Eagles trend we're tired of. It's actually a Cardinals Achilles heel we'd like to see stepped on.

In short, the Cards have been inefficient in defending the passing attack of other teams. Struggles or none, this Eagles team should be able to wreak havoc with an offense that fields A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert, and decent role players. A.J., DeVonta, and Dallas all racked up 70 receiving yards or more versus the New York Giants

Verdict: Keep feeding your best players on offense, especially in this one.

The Eagles have tallied a mere 40 sacks through 16 games.

After cranking out 70 sacks last season, 15 teams have taken the opposing QB to the turf more often than the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly's 40 total sacks tie them with the Las Vegas Raiders as both are smack dab in the middle of the NFL in that category. Things have really cooled as of late.

The New York Giants rank 31st in sacks taken in 2023, but the Birds were only able to register one in Week 16. Cardinals signal-caller Kyler Murray has been sacked two times or more in every game he has played this season. The Eagles pass rush MUST wake up. Now is as good a time as any.

Verdict: If the Birds can't create consistent pressure on Kyler Murray, we may have to ask questions about whether or not the pass rushers are out of gas.

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