Donovan McNabb looked like a completely different player from the last two weeks and endeared himself once again in the hearts of Eagles fans. On the other hand, MVP candidate Kurt Warner was off his game, and got no help from his receivers and offensive line.
Although the Eagles registered no sacks on the evening, Warner constantly had pressure in his face, and it forced him to throw three picks. Just like the Giants game last week, the Cards running game was stuffed, which allowed Jim Johnson to send all sorts of players on blitzes at the QB.
You could argue that this game was over in the first quarter, as the Cards didn’t come ready to play, and looked like a team on a short week. The Cards loss makes western time zone teams 0-15 when playing in the eastern time zone this season.
The Eagles dominated the first quarter, as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead on two Brian Westbrook touchdowns. On the very first possession of the game, McNabb orchestrated a beautiful 12 play, 70 yard scoring drive, capped off by a 5 yard Westbrook reception.
After Kurt Warner threw his first interception on the day McNabb capitalized on the short field, leading his team down to the one before Westbrook pounded it in for his second touchdown on the day. Warner would end up throwing another pick on the following possession, but the Eagles could not capitalize this time.
The Cards finally woke up out of their funk in the second quarter, as Larry Fitzgerald caught a one yard touchdown pass from Warner. This drive was helped out by a couple of questionable penalties on the Eagles secondary, one of which would have forced the Cards into a fourth and goal situation. However, the Eagles would capitalize on their next possession, as Westbrook would get into the endzone for a third time on the day courtesy of a two yard catch and run for the score.
The second half was more Eagles domination as Westbrook would get into the endzone for yet another touchdown, his fourth on the day. The Cardinals would get two scores back in the latter half of the third quarter, but by then it was only consolation.
The Eagles were absolutely rolling, and the Cards defense could not stop them to even give their team a shot at coming back. McNabb looked like his old self again, which probably had many fans wondering just what was going on the last two games.
McNabb finished with 260 yards passing and 4 touchdowns, and, most importantly, no turnovers. He even was making plays with his feet, avoiding would be tacklers, and keeping plays alive with his feet like he used to do in his prime. It also must have been encouraging for Eagles’ supporters to see the running game get going again, and seeing Westbrook looking more and more like his old self.
For the Cards, Anquan Boldin had a nightmare game, as he had a couple of costly drops, and fumbled it twice. Credit has to be given to the Eagles secondary, as they did a great job of shutting down arguably the most explosive WR tandem in the league, even without Asante Samuel.
They also did a great job limiting yards after the catch, which is a huge part of the Cardinals offense. It seemed as though every time a Cardinal got his hands on the ball, there was a defender there to bring them down.
These last two games have been very telling for the Cardinals. Just when they looked like they were ready to take the next step into the upper echelon of the NFC, they suffer these two fairly lopsided losses to NFC East opponents. Even though the Cards will make the playoffs, it looks as though they will not be making too much noise this year, at least.