The Cardinals take the national stage for the second time in less than a week. Though the Eagles aren't nearly the equal of the Giants. this would seem to be their season's toughest test, considering the travel and compressed practice time. A win wraps up the division title, though this will get done at some point any way. Much of the nation will be watching to see if the Eagles continue to implode. If they do, the home crowd could well turn on them in ugly fashion.
Their short-passing game is the NFL's best. Kurt Warner is playing as well as ever, and he has top-notch targets in Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald and the rising Steve Breaston. But their running game continues to sputter; nothing much has worked consistently, so they might try to use the explosive J.J. Arrington more than in the past.
1. Improve kick coverage: This is an area that has been slipping, and it cost them in a big way against the Giants.
2. Get more out of the run game: The Cardinals will keep trying, no matter what the stats say.
3. Sleep in Thursday: The Cardinals are trying to go where no western NFL team has gone this year: coming up with a win in the East. To do so on a short week makes this one of the toughest tasks for any team this season.
When the Eagles have the ball: They can't run, so - much like the Cardinals - they can be expected to pass early and often. Donovan McNabb has had an erratic season, but he doesn't have great receivers and with Brian Westbrook, the running back who is most effective in the passing game, banged up, he doesn't have great options. This appears to be an offense running on fumes.
Arizona Out: S Matt Ware (head); Probable: DT Darnell Dockett (hamstring). Questionable: CB Rod Hood (ribs); LB Clark Haggans (foot); DE Travis LaBoy (ankle); T Mike Gandy (ankle); S Adrian Wilson (shoulder)
Philadelphia Out: G Shawn Andrews (back); Doubtful: RB Correll Buckhalter (knee); CB Asante Samuel (neck); Questionable: RB Brian Westbrook (knee/ankle); Probable: DT Brodrick Bunkley (knee); DE Trent Cole (ankle); S Brian Dawkins (groin); G Todd Herremans (knee); DE Darren Howard (neck); T Jon Runyan (knee); T Tra Thomas (knee)
Compiled by Mike Tulumello