Both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals are 2-0 this year, and the two teams’ four wins have combined to come by a total of eight points. The two will do battle on Sunday afternoon in the desert, where Kevin Kolb is likely to get his shot at taking down the team that traded him.
Kolb wasn’t spectacular in his first start of the year against the New England Patriots, but he did manage the game well. He threw for just 140 yards, but he wasn’t picked off, and he did have a TD both on the ground and in the air. One would think that regardless of whether or not John Skelton is healed after his low ankle sprain suffered in Week 1, that Kolb would get the call from Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt as the starter, knowing that he has led the team to 27 points with five scores on 13 drives this year.
This will be a tough task for the Houston Cougar, though. Kolb knows that the Philadelphia secondary is just chock full of talented DBs, namely Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the man that was traded for Kolb two offseasons ago. There does have to be a level of confidence though, that Kolb could get the ball up the field to Larry Fitzgerald.
Last year when these two teams met, it was Skelton that was the starter and not Kolb. That day, Skelton threw for 315 yards, and he hooked up with Fitzgerald seven times for 146 yards and two scores. Skelton was able to pull off the upset in that game on the road, and now, the scene shifts back to the desert, where the Cardinals have won six games in a row and are 5-1 ATS on the NFL odds dating back to last season.
Arizona opened up as a +5 underdog in Week 3, but that was almost immediate bet down to +3.5 (-105), where the line sits as of Monday morning.