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Arizona is flying high following last week's 20-18 victory at New England. On Sunday, it hosts Philadelphia looking to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 1974, when the franchise was still located in St. Louis. The Cardinals rank fifth in the NFL and second in the NFC in scoring defense, allowing 17.0 points per game. The Eagles became the first team in NFL history to win each of their first two games by one point following last week's 24-23, come-from-behind victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Arizona and Philadelphia join San Francisco and Atlanta as the only undefeated teams in the NFC after two weeks. In last season's meeting, the Cardinals rallied for a 21-17 victory at Philadelphia as John Skelton tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Early Doucet with 1:53 remaining. Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has torched the Eagles with 26 catches for 456 yards and eight touchdowns in four meetings. Fitzgerald need just two catches to become the youngest player in NFL history with 700 career receptions.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Eagles -3.5, O/U 42

ABOUT THE EAGLES (2-0): The start of the season has been a thrill a minute for the Eagles, who have needed fourth-quarter rallies in both of their games (they edged the Browns 17-16 in the season opener). Quarterback Michael Vick has been inconsistent, completing 59 percent of his passes while throwing three touchdowns and a league-high six interceptions. He also has been sacked four times. The Eagles are 2-0 despite committing nine turnovers and have scored only 41 points despite averaging 471 yards of total offense per game. LeSean McCoy has been the most reliable offensive player, ranking sixth in the league in rushing with 191 yards. Tight end Brett Celek is coming off his best game as a pro with eight catches for a career-high 157 yards. The Eagles signed veteran offensive lineman Steve Vallas to replace Jason Kelce, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL in his right knee. Philadelphia is looking to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2004. Eagles coach Andy Reid is 5-6 against the Cardinals.

ABOUT THE CARDINALS (2-0): Former Eagle Kevin Kolb has led the Cardinals to a pair of victories after Skelton, who won the starting job in preseason, went down in the fourth quarter of the season opener. Kolb has thrown two touchdowns and no interceptions in five quarters this season. Kolb, who played with the Eagles from 2007-2010, will be facing his former team for the first time. Defenses have been keying on Fitzgerald, who only has five receptions, but Kolb has been able to spread the wealth as tight end Todd Heap has eight catches and Doucet and Andre Roberts six each. Still, Arizona needs to improve its running game. Arizona is 28th in the NFL in rushing, averaging only 74 yards per game. Beanie Wells is averaging 2.8 yards per carry and Ryan Williams just 1.2. The Cardinals rank 13th in the NFL against the run and 11th against the pass. Linebacker Daryl Washington leads Arizona's defensive effort with 23 tackles, the second-highest total in the league. He had nine tackles in last year's game against the Eagles.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Kolb's 206 passing yards ranks last in the NFL for starting quarterbacks. Seattle rookie Russell Wilson has the next-lowest total with 304.

2. Since 2006, Eagles defensive end Trent Cole has 64 sacks, the third-most in the NFL during that span.

3. With last year's win, Arizona took a 54-53-5 lead in the all-time series.

PREDICTION
: Cardinals 27, Eagles 24


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Last Injuries

Arizona Cardinals

  • Christian Kirk

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kirk sat out the last game with a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will be active against the Panthers on Sunday.

  • Chris Banjo

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Banjo left the previous game due to a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Sunday versus the Panthers.

  • Budda Baker

    Thumb
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Baker is not expected to be in the lineup Week 4 versus the Lions due to surgery to fix a UCL tear in his thumb.

  • Mason Cole

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cole has missed the past two games due to a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Panthers.

  • Byron Murphy Jr.

    Shoulder
    Prob Sun | probable

    Murphy Jr. is nursing a shoulder injury, but he is expected to line up versus the Lions on Sunday.

  • Jordan Phillips

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Phillips is dealing with an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available against the Lions on Sunday.

  • Dre Kirkpatrick

    Neck
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kirkpatrick is dealing with a neck issue, leaving his status for Sunday's clash with the Lions hazy.

  • Maxx Williams

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Williams is on the injured reserve list with an ankle injury, and it is unknown when he will rejoin the team.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Darius Slay

    Arm
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Slay was lifted from the previous game with an arm injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up Sunday versus the 49ers.

  • Quez Watkins

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Watkins has been ticked for the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury. He has been designated for return, and it is uncertain if he will come off the IR in time for Sunday's game against 49ers.

  • Dallas Goedert

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Goedert has wound up on the injured reserve list due to a left ankle fracture, and it is uncertain when he will be activated.

  • DeSean Jackson

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jackson exited the previous game with a minor hamstring strain, and his status for Sunday's matchup versus the 49ers is hazy.

  • Avonte Maddox

    Ankle
    Out Sun | out

    Maddox left the last game with an ankle injury, and he will not play Sunday against the 49ers.

  • Jason Peters

    Leg
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Peters was taken out of the previous game due to a left leg injury, and it is up in the air if he will line up against the 49ers on Sunday.

  • Craig James

    Thigh
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    James has been moved to the injured reserve list with a thigh injury, and it is uncertain when he will be activated.

  • Jalen Reagor

    Thumb
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Reagor has been sent to the injured reserve list with a torn UCL in his right thumb. It is up in the air when the team will designate him for return.