Corey Peters has had a solid year, Bruce Arians was giving out gameballs to linemen Xavier Williams, Rodney Gunter and Olsen Pierre, and the Cardinals have allowed only 88 yards on the ground per game. But the Eagles are the best running team the Cards have seen, running for 143 yards a game and helping create an offense that is third in the league in yards per game at almost 400. LeGarrette Blount is averaging almost six yards a carry, a big battering ram even though he’s only averaged about 10 carries a game. The Cards must stand stout or it could be a big problem.
The Cardinals still don’t have everyone healthy on the offensive line. Tackle D.J. Humphries is still trying to recover from his knee injury. Mike Iupati is on IR. Alex Boone maybe could play, but when you’re dealing with a pectoral injury, that’s an iffy proposition.
If it’s a road game, it must mean a 10 a.m. Arizona start. The Cards will be 3-for-3 in that regard, after the trips to Detroit and Indianapolis earlier. It won’t be used as an excuse – not that excuses mean anything in the standings anyway – but the Cards have to find a way to not let it derail the game early. The Philadelphia crowd will be into the game. The Cards can have a say in what Tampa Bay Lightning Cheap Jerseys way that crowd bends. A decent start of their own, and the crowd may turn.
We’ve got great character in our locker room, coach Bruce Arians said. Our guys, they come to work. We have super leadership. Again, this week, there’s no letdown in the preparation whatsoever.
There are myriad reasons for players to give it their all in this game and the final three. For star players like Patrick Peterson, Chandler Jones and Larry Fitzgerald, there are great seasons to finish off. For free agents, there is the goal of maximizing their value. For the young players, it is to carve out a bigger role in 2018.
Take running back Elijhaa Penny, for instance. He advanced from the practice squad last year to the active roster this season on the strength of his special-teams prowess, and then showed his value as a goal-line back Packers Cheap Jerseys by punching in a 1-yard touchdown run last week. He could resurrect that role on Sunday because Adrian Peterson is going to miss his second straight game with Texans Cheap Jerseys a neck injury.