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Melissa Porter | 08 October, 2017, 18:37

The Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles will both be hoping for a win in Week 5 of the National Football League 2017 regular season, however, only one will be able to claim the victory in today's match up at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The only loss coming against the undefeated Chiefs, Eagles.

Arizona got the ball to start the second half and added a 27-yard kick to pull within 17-13. Wentz has looked impressive and is certainly the quarterback of the future in Philly and while they are without Darren Sproles I think the tandem of LeGarrette Blount and Wendell Smallwood are capable of keeping the ground game moving as teams will be focused on the passing game as guys like Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz are more than viable game changers. The 6', 250lb monster back has started to find his groove and is now averaging an even more monstrous 5.9 yards a carry. The announcers kept alluding to the fact that his career long at Memphis was 56 yards and if the Wentz could position the Eagles within that range then they had a chance to win this thing on the final drive. Nkemdiche went from what looked like a monster in the making, to a monster under the bed, as reoccurring injuries have turned his "breakout" year in to a mythical creature that only a child has nightmares about.

Arizona is also dealing with some issues there.

Cox just can't get healthy.

Reddick expects a large number of family and friends cheering for him at the Linc. Larry Fitzgerald is that guy to the 49ers. I think last time we went there we rushed for over 200 yards. Or will the experience of the Cardinals prevail as they maintain striking distance in their division? They have the worst rushing offense in the league, averaging just 57 yards per game. If he harmed any more Eagles he'd be locked away for a federal offense. If the Eagles do indeed stick with the run, it could be a breakout game for Clement, who makes for a decent flex option. He's one of those guys that shows up.

That being said, I thought Philip Rivers was going to have a big week last week against the Eagles. Philadelphia's secondary will have their hands full on Sunday with wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Jaron Brown.

The one obvious sign of growth for the Philadelphia Eagles in the team's first four games has been the ability to run the football. Blount did his best Beast Mode imitation, boring through the Los Angeles Chargers defense for 136 yards on 16 carries, including a 68- yard run that would even make Marshawn Lynch blush. Putting pressure on Palmer and wreaking havoc in the backfield should hinder the passing game and force the Cardinals to run more. After David Johnson suffered a serious wrist injury that would keep him sidelined for several months, Arizona knew they would have to turn elsewhere to find offensive production. That help will need to start up front.

That's right. In the six quarters Cox hasn't played this year, the Eagles have given up 48 points.

As for the Philadelphia Eagles, Fletcher Cox (starting defensive tackle) and Ronald Darby (starting cornerback) are out. The Cardinals are 2-2. He's completed 60.5 percent of his passes for far this season for 1,058 yards, six touchdowns and just two interceptions for a quarterback rating of 90.5.