PHI vs. ARZ: Head to Head

In Head to Head, we look at both teams through nine positional categories, and see who holds the advantages.

QUARTERBACKS

PHI: Nick Foles will make mistakes (seven picks in six games), but at his best, he can fluidly command an offense with a deft mixture of deep passes, a quick screen game, and targets that easily find open space in the middle.

ARZ: Carson Palmer has thrown only one interception in three games (the lone pick that the team's thrown in six), but the security comes at the price of conservative throws, and a low 10.91 YPC average.

ADVANTAGE: Even

RUNNING BACKS

PHI: LeSean McCoy bounced back with a 149-yard game against the Giants, cutting up field with six runs of 15 or more yards.

ARZ: Andre Ellington has trouble behind a run-unfriendly line, and hasn't hit 4.1 yards a carry per game in a number of weeks.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

WIDE RECEIVERS

PHI: Jeremy Maclin's 445 yards and four touchdowns constitute a 74.2 YPG average; Riley Cooper and Jordan Matthews alternate having solid days in the screen game and up the sidelines.

ARZ: Michael Floyd has blossomed into a nightmare over the top (six catches beyond 20 yards) while Larry Fitzgerald remains a nightmare to cover one-on-one underneath.

ADVANTAGE: Cardinals

TIGHT ENDS

PHI: Zach Ertz is emerging as a premier tight end with great catches, and an ability to get open downfield; Brent Celek and James Casey find heavy use as effective blockers, as well as receivers.

ARZ: John Carlson and Rob Housler have proven disappointing, catching just 18 balls for 187 yards between them. Carlson, in particular, has struggled in pass protection.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

OFFENSIVE LINE

PHI: After some rough starts, the makeshift line is thriving behind Jason Peters' stellar play, and tremendous run-blocking from Lane Johnson and David Molk. Only seven sacks allowed in six games.

ARZ: Eleven sacks given up in six games is far from terrible, but the run-blocking has been awful. The interior line gets almost no push against defensive fronts.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

PASS RUSH

PHI: Sixteen sacks over the last three games (19 in all six) indicate a hardcore rise of aggression, particularly from Connor Barwin, Trent Cole, and Vinny Curry (13.5 sacks between them).

ARZ: Only seven sacks on the year, led by Alex Okafor's two, is made even less impressive by a 65.33 percent completion percentage allowed. Calais Campbell's absence is a bother.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

RUN STOPPING

PHI: A respectable 4.16 YPA allowed, as Fletcher Cox and the front line does a fine job making stops, though some opponents like the Colts and 49ers have gashed them.

ARZ: A mere 3.13 YPA given up puts the Cardinals in rare company; defensive backs like Deone Bucannon and Tony Jefferson are adept at charging up to break up runs before they can start.

ADVANTAGE: Cardinals

PASS COVERAGE

PHI: When the Eagles press, they force bad throws and make the quarterbacks hesitate. When they don't, you get games like the ones against the Redskins and Rams, where it's catch after catch.

ARZ: Eight picks in six games, and none from Patrick Peterson, are an indication of high awareness among the defenders, even if they are giving up over 65 percent completions.

ADVANTAGE: Cardinals

SPECIAL TEAMS

PHI: Four special teams touchdowns in their last four games (two returns, two punts blocked), a corner punter in Donnie Jones, and a touchback-specialist kicker in Cody Parkey.

ARZ: Drew Butler takes over for injured Dave Zastudil at punter; Butler has had a punt blocked, and a 43.5 YPP average; kicker Chandler Catanzaro is 15 for 15 in field goals.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

Statistics from Pro Football Focus were used to write this story.

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