The Arizona Cardinals (11-2) and Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) have vastly different record but are eying the same prize: a division title. Arizona looks to claim the NFC West title with a road win while Philadelphia wants to break away from a three-way tie in the NFC East on Sunday Night Football at Lincoln Financial Field.
A win would also give the Cardinals, who have won seven straight, a first-round bye in the playoffs. They haven’t lost since Oct. 18 and will play their final road game of the season, boasting a 6-1 record away from home.
Carson Palmer’s resurgent season has him in the MVP conversation as he ranks No. 2 in passing yards (4,003), touchdowns (31) and passer rating (107.2). He leads the NFL’s best offense in yardage per game (417.5) and second-high scoring team (31.2 points). In a 23-20 win over Minnesota last week, Palmer completed 25-of-35 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns, his fifth 300-plus yard game in the last six.
The Philadelphia defense has forced two turnovers in each of their last two games, winning both. They’ve also given up 400 yards or more of offense in five of their last six games and rank No. 24 against the pass while allowing 24.8 points per game.
The Cardinals defense forced three turnovers last week against Minnesota and has won the turnover battle in each of their last four games. By contrast, Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford threw an interception for the first time in four games but completed 23-of-38 passes for 237 yards and a score in a 23-20 win over Buffalo in Week 14. The win kept Philadelphia tied with Washington and the New York Giants for the NFC East lead.
The Eagles rushed for 116 yards as a team with Ryan Matthews, Darren Sproles and DeMarco Murray all part of a platoon. It’s the second week in a row Murray hasn’t led the backfield in carries but it was also an Eagles victory and could be unlikely to change. The Eagles haven’t had a single rusher surpass 100 yards since Week 6 against the Giants. The Cardinals rank No. 5 against the run, allowing 87.7 yards per game. Arizona held Adrian Peterson to 69 yards on 23 carries last week and limited possible Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley to 41 yards the week before.
TV Channel: NBC
Start Time: 8:30 p.m.
Live Stream Info: NBC Sports Live Extra