Entering Week 15, both the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals are on the cusp of playoff contention in the NFC. While the Eagles (4-8-1) still trail the Washington Football Team (6-7) for the lead in the NFC East, they do have the opportunity to play two divisional opponents (Washington, Dallas) in the final three weeks. According to Sports Betting Dime, the Eagles will enter as +220 underdogs against the Cardinals (-270).
Under rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia has seemingly been a newfound team. Their win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday snapped a four-game losing streak, and marked the most points scored by the offense since October 18th. Hurts finished the game with 167 passing yards and a touchdown on 17-of-30 passing, adding 106 rushing yards on 18 attempts as well.
For Philadelphia, the future of their quarterback position could be at stake. While the team doesn’t intend to move on from Carson Wentz, a string of efficient games from Hurts could result in an interesting conversation this offseason.
In Arizona, the Cardinals are holding onto the final Wild Card spot; one that was added by the NFL ahead of the 2020 season. Still, there are plenty of teams in the hunt on their tail such as the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears (who both play each other in Week 15).
With a difficult schedule to finish the season (vs PHI, vs SF, @ LAR), the Cardinals need to showcase momentum if they are to remain competitive with other playoff teams. Their 26-7 win over the New York Giants snapped a three-game losing steak that included a combined 30-point differential during that span.
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