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When everyone on the planet thinks they see a trap game coming, does that make it a trap game? That is the real question for the contest between Philadelphia and Arizona. Philly is coming into the game with just about every angle you would inspect for betting on its side. It is the favorite to win by nearly a touchdown. That is where everyone goes looking into what is ‘too good to be true’ about it all.
I have some details for you: for Philly to get to 5-0, it will need to…
- Win in Arizona for the first time since 2001.
The Eagles are 0-5 in Arizona over the last two decades. Sure, that is a pretty small and random sample size. But it is a factor into the equation. Most all NFL teams struggle with cross country road games. So is this specific to Philly/Arizona or just a normal?
- Overcome additional injury.
Jordan Mailata (left tackle), Isaac Seumalo (right guard), Darius Slay (cornerback), Patrick Johnson (linebacker), and Jake Elliott (kicker) all exited the Jags game with injury. Their situations have not been resolved and all can have a heavy impact on the outcome. As will that of Boston Scott (running back) and Avonte Maddox (cornerback ), who both missed the Jags game.
- Mentally not fall into “the trap”.
Philly had to battle back in a big way last week to beat Jacksonville. It was an emotional home victory. One that came against the teams well-liked, former head coach, Doug Pederson. Philly also plays host to division-rival Dallas, next week. That is a much more “important” game for the team than this Arizona contest, right?
- Overcome regression (and acceleration) to the mean.
Philadelphia is near the top of the league in many offensive categories. Now, that is not a shock because of its roster and offensive gameplanning, but it does strike as somewhat unsustainable. For its part, Arizona ranks near the bottom of most defensive categories. That is somewhat of a shock when considering its coaching, talent, and past results. Perhaps both are accurate placements because of the opposition, however it just seems like two outliers that could correct themselves.
Ultimately, there are some things that just do sort of feel right and this one does feel like a trap game, even though everyone thinks it will be a trap game.
Kyler Murray and the offense have not played great, but if the Eagles are missing two corners and a linebacker… well, that opens up a lot for the Cardinals. Jalen Hurts has been electric, but if the Eagles are missing half of its offensive line, a running back, and maybe its kicker, then that is a lot to overcome Arizona getting healthy.
Arizona has played some top tier offenses with the Chiefs, Raiders, and Rams already on the slate. Philadelphia had the easier road with Detroit, Washington, Jacksonville and ‘Bad Kirk Cousins’ in one of his dreaded showcase game failures.
The NFL course correction hits this week and the Cardinals get the win. We are not allowing this to get called a trap game, it is just how the teams line up against each other. So take Arizona and get your free $200 from DraftKings if they win!