NFC Free Pick focuses on a key game for playoff positioning. Arizona travels eastward to face the 6-7 Eagles. Chip’s crew has had a late season push winning their last two to remain in a three way tie atop the NFC East. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are trying to keep the surging Seahawks at bay in the NFC West. Will the home underdog of + 3 1/2 allow the Eagles to cover or even win straight up in the Sunday Night Game?
Backs against the wall, the Eagles produced when few thought they could. New England was a stand out win. Last week beating a very game Buffalo Bills team was equally impressive. Philadelphia has a very rough late schedule and the Cardinals are a tough out as well. Little chance of Zona sleepwalking in this one. Above freezing weather with slight wind have the Eagles facing good conditions for the Cardinals passing attack. Nagging aches and pains will probably hinder their coverage Sunday evening.
Carson Palmer is more like Tom than Tyrod in terms of mobility. The Eagles could muster only a modicum on pressure against the Bills. Against a more rigid pocket, they were able to harass Brady. Now they must get to the quarterback in this one else the vertical game will rip asunder the field all night long. On the other side of the ball, Bradford is not a cold weather quarterback. Even in this mild December, he will not be at his best. With an on and off receiving core, the attack will be diminished for the Eagles Sunday Night.
Arizona wants the door slammed on the NFC West this week. Seattle has been on such a roll that the Cardinals will not take a night off to rest players for the playoffs. Bad News for Eagles’ fans as they get the doors blown off the bus Sunday Night. Invest in Cardinals minus the points for your Sunday Night Free Pick to pounce on.