Game Preview | Eagles vs. Cardinals

The Philadelphia Eagles (4-0) remain the only undefeated team in the NFL this season. They take this undefeated record to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals (2-2), who are coming off a 10-point, 26-16 win over the Carolina Panthers.

The all-time series record between these two teams is 56-60-5. The Eagles look for their first win at State Farm Stadium.

Cardinals scouting report

Quarterback: Kyler Murray, who just received a new contract, is the leader of the Cardinals’ offense. With star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins still out this week, the weapons around Murray aren’t at their best. Murray has still been able to throw for 991 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions through the first four games of the 2022 season.

Murray has a strong arm, but he also has the added dimension of running ability. Those are traits he has capitalized on this season, with 24 rushes for 91 yards and two additional touchdowns. Like Jalen Hurts, Murray is a versatile quarterback. The Eagles will need to contain him in this game to emerge victorious.

RB: James Conner is the leading running back in the field for the Cardinals. With 45 carries in four games, Conner has taken the place of the late Chase Edmonds. In addition to his 45 carries for 145 yards, Conner has also caught 13 passes for 95 yards in the passing game. During times when Conner needs to rest, the other member of the backfield is Eno Benjamin. Though Benjamin has yet to find true dominance on offense, the talent is there for a dangerous game.

WR: With DeAndre Hopkins suspended to start the season, the Arizona Cardinals traded a first-round pick on draft night for Marquise Brown. So far this has been a valuable addition. In 2022, Brown trails only Davonte Adams in targets with 45. He has 30 receptions for 339 yards and two touchdowns on those targets. With injuries plaguing the Cardinals’ passing game this season, she has been a constant.

Rondale Moore saw his first action of the season in Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers and while he was back, AJ Green was forced to miss the week with his own knee injury. The Cardinals are hopeful that Green can return for the game against the Eagles.

TEA: Former Eagle Zach Ertz will face his former team. Although injured earlier in the season, Ertz is off the injury report and could provide an important outlet for Kyler Murray as he avoids a Philadelphia pass rush.

defensive line: JJ Watt anchors the defensive line for the Arizona Cardinals. Despite a personal health emergency last week, Watt was able to play on Sunday and does not appear on this week’s injury report. The same cannot be said for the nose tackle. Rashard Lawrence, who is questionable for this game. If he can’t go, it will be up to Leki Fotu to take over at middle in the Cardinals’ 3-4 defense.

linebackers: The Cardinals linebacker group is led by LB/S Isaiah Simmons. This unit is young but fast. It will be a challenge for the Eagles to keep from interrupting Jalen Hurts’ time when he drops back to find his receivers on the field.

Secondary: Byron Murphy provides a solid cornerback to take on the Eagles’ wide receivers, and Budda Baker remains one of the best safeties in the NFL. This duo will make a formidable pairing for Jalen Hurts to watch out for when passing the ball downfield.

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