So far this year, if there is one thing that is obvious, it is that nothing is guaranteed. Though the Philadelphia Eagles may have nine turnovers in two games, they still sit atop the NFC East at 2-0.
The Cardinals are perhaps more lucky to be 2-0 than the Eagles.
The Cards defeated the Patriots last Sunday for the first time in 20 years thanks to a muffed kick by Stephen Gostkowski in the final seconds.
Either way you look at it, these teams have perfect records. Might not be pretty, but they're "perfect".
I, on the other hand, am 5/6 so far this year in BOLD predictions. (Check week one out here and week two here) Lets see if i can go 3/3 two weeks in a row and predict who will leave University Of Phoenix stadium with a less-than-perfect record:
1. Eagles Hold Kevin Kolb To 200 Yards Through The Air Or Less
Many people think the fact that Kevin Kolb spent a few years on the Andy Reids' bench and had years of practice against the Eagles' defense, he'll know what's coming Sunday afternoon.
Unfortunately, he has no idea. The defense is completely revamped, and most of the players from when Kolb was around have either been traded or released.
Kevin Kolb may be the one who needs to worry about the other team knowing his style. Andy Reid bred Kevin Kolb into what he is today (whatever that is) and knows his tendencies and what he is capable of. Look for Reid to be giving Juan Castillo quite a few pointers during the game.
Castillo might not need the help though, the Eagles have surprisingly had one of the top defenses in the league through the first two weeks. Specifically their pass defense.
So far, according to ProFootballFocus.com, The Eagles have two of their cornerbacks ranked inside the top 10. While one might assume it would be the star studded dynamic duo of DRC and Nnamdi, only one of them made it to the much-coveted top 10, that would be DRC. He has been playing out of his mind so far and might as well be the number one CB recording two interceptions week one. Nnamdi on the other hand is still lingering between 10-20 at 17 due to the touchdown given up to Jacoby Jones and some poor coverage week one. So who is the other defender in the top 10?
That would be rookie slot cornerback/return specialist Brandon Boykin who is quickly becoming a fan favorite for his clutch playing and ridiculous hops.
2. Cardinals Record 3+ Sacks
There is a good chance that number could even be doubled. The Cardinals definitely have an above average defense, and a great defensive line.
The Eagles HAD a fantastic offensive line, than Jason Peters suffered a season ending injury, before the season even started. Than the Eagles HAD a great offensive line, unfortunately King Dunlap (JP's replacement) was injured and the Eagles were reduced to a good offensive line. They HAD a good offensive line, than Center Jason Kelce went down with what turned out to be a torn MCL/ACL. With two big injuries on Sunday, what do the Eagles HAVE? Not much in terms of the offensive line.
Demetruss Bell (Dunlap's replacement) may be able to hold his own, but rookie Dallas Reynolds looks to be the starter for the foreseeable future and will have the test of his life come Sunday afternoon. Expect Ray Horton to target Reynolds all day, and in turn, get Vick on the ground.
3. Michael Vick Once Again Throws For 300+ Yards
As of right now, Michael Vick has gone two games in a row throwing for over 300 yards. Two weeks in, Vick has is at 688 yards through the air, second only to Eli Manning's 723.
According to the NFL Michael Vick is on pace to throw for a ridiculously unrealistic 5,504 yards. Vick has never thrown for 4,000 yards in a season, much less 5,000.
McNabb never even threw for 4,000 yards in his decade plus with the Eagles. Vick however seems to be throwing the ball more than ever, might not be a great thing, but he is on pace to have a record year and be the first Eagles quarterback in history to throw for over 4,000 yards in a season (assuming he stays healthy).
Sunday will be no different than the first two weeks, Vick will play his best game yet, limit turnovers, and lead the Eagles to their first 3-0 start since 2004.
This is where i have my faults, i have gotten all of the victors correct, but have yet to predict a score correctly yet. Maybe this week?
the Eagles fly home winners: 24-13