On Sunday, about the time we will be recovering from our turkey-induced comas, we'll get to see two of the most explosive and talked about offenses face off in what is sure to be a great game.
The two teams playing each other has become oddly familiar for fans of both teams as they've played each other three of the last four years (including NFC Championship).
Unfortunately for Eagles fans, the Cardinals have gotten the best of them in every matchup in that span. Surefire future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald has tallied a ridiculous 412 yards and six touchdowns in that time. Against Eagles No.1 wideout since that time, DeSean Jackson (135 yds, 1 TD), the numbers aren't even remotely close to comparing. (In Jackson's defense, he missed the 2011 matchup versus AZ due to being benched by Andy Reid for supposedly missing a special teams meeting)
But those stats may not matter anymore. Both teams have new head coaches, and the offenses look completely different. The Cardinals have been shocking the league week after week with none other than veteran passer Carson Palmer. Bruce Arians has got this team believing they're great, and by all accounts they are.
To everyone's surprise Michael Floyd (761 yds) is the teams leading receiver and also has three touchdowns to his credit. Fitzgerald (606 yds, 8 TD's) on the other hand is having a another respectable season filled with trips to the end-zone.
Speaking of successful wide receivers, Eagles new head coach Chip Kelly has already managed to do something Andy Reid never could-- get the maximum production out of DeSean Jackson. The sixth-year receiver is ranked sixth in the league with 985 yards and 7 touchdowns. He's on pace for his best year yet, and there's no sign of him losing his production anytime soon.
That's all thanks to Nick Foles who is playing brilliantly in Kelly's scheme. Not only does he have 16 TD's against 0 INT's, the second-year passer is the highest rated QB in the league, and set the NFL record for highest QBR (quarterback rating) in a month-long span (152.8).
The run game is alive and well for both teams as LeSean McCoy is still leading the league in rushing yards (1,009) and the combo of Andre Ellington and Rashard Mendenhall in AZ has already produced over 800 yards and 7 TD's.
On the other side of the ball, both defenses have been doing just enough to keep their team elite. The Eagles defense, which ranked 32nd only weeks earlier, hasn't allowed over 21 points since the loss to Denver in September. The Cardinals D on the other hand is the most explosive and up-and-coming unit in the league. The combo of rookie Tyrann Mathieu and cornerback Patrick Peterson has already paid off. They've combined for 94 tackles and five interceptions.
In the end, this game could come down to the coaches big decisions. fourth-and-short, go for it or kick a field goal? How will the Arizona defense approach Kelly's confusing up-tempo offense?
It's most definitely a hard game to pick, but With the way Foles is playing, combined with the fact that the defense only getting better, this could be the opportunity for the Eagles to prove they're no joke in the NFC East. With the talent this team has on both sides of the ball, Kelly is lucky enough to be able to take more risks. They have been his downfall before, but my guess is he'll have figured it out during the bye-week.
Eagles win, 30-20