Cardinals vs. Eagles: Philly Defense Faces Huge Test In Form Of Larry Fitzgerald And Carson Palmer

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The Arizona Cardinals are on a roll right now. The defense is playing at a high level, but the real story is the offense. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald seem to have found a real connection lately.

We all know what a weapon Fitzgerald is. He is one of the premier receivers in the game but hadn’t been able to show it at times due to poor quarterback play. He now has a reliable veteran quarterback in Palmer and a brilliant offensive mind as a head coach in Bruce Arians.

It reminds me of the run the Cardinals went on to the Super Bowl a few years ago when they had Kurt Warner at quarterback. He wasn’t flashy, but he got the job done and allowed Fitzgerald to make plays on the ball and in space to showcase his abilities.

Another reason for the Cardinals success is they have a legitimate threat at receiver on the other side of Fitzgerald in Michael Floyd. The big, physical receiver has had a breakout campaign as he and Fitzgerald both have 50 catches. Fl0yd already has almost 800 receiving yards and is fresh off a near 200-yard game.

He is another player who loves this system that Arians has employed. The previously offensively inept Cardinals now look like a real threat thanks to more consistent quarterback play, new playmakers stepping up, and a coach who knows offense as well as anyone.

For all of these reasons the Philadelphia Eagles face a stiff test on Sunday. They have big corners that can match up with Fitzgerald and Floyd, but if Palmer is afforded time in the pocket he is capable of picking this secondary apart with his weapons in the passing game. This is not an opponent to take lightly with the Cardinals’ offense playing lights out.

The defense is also balling so watch out for these Cardinals. They may be the dark horse of the NFC.


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