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NFL Picks Week 3 on Eagles vs Cardinals Spread

by Tyler Morgan on Friday, September 21st, 2012

The sloppy, turnover prone, and undefeated Philadelphia Eagles will take to the road this week as they are scheduled to face the 2-0 Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Sunday’s meeting between the two NFC squads has a start time of 4:05pm ET; it will be broadcast live on FOX. Despite Philly’s ‘living on the edge’ play through two weeks, the latest NFL Odds have the Eagles listed as a -3.5 against the spread favorite. This weekend’s game total is set at 43.5 points.

Philadelphia, one of eight NFL Picks Week 3road favorites, barely avoided a total embarrassment in its season opener as five turnovers, including four Michael Vick interceptions, nearly resulted in a loss to the lowly Browns. The Eagles, who out-gained Cleveland 456 yards to 210, prevailed in spite of themselves, coming away with a 17-16 road victory.

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Philly faced a much tougher Baltimore team at home on last Sunday, but it statistically dominated its opposition, once again, allowing it to overcome another turnover laden performance. The Eagles recorded 26 first downs and 486 yards to the Ravens 17 and 325 respectively, but it needed a late touchdown to secure a 24-23 win thanks to four giveaways.

Despite Philadelphia’s immense talent, one would think the turnovers must stop if it hopes to get past what looks like a much stronger than advertised Arizona squad. The Cardinals, like the Eagles, improved to 2-0 Sunday with a shocking upset of the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Ken Whisenhunt’s squad, which opened the season with a 20-16 win over Seattle as three point home dog, knocked off Tom Brady and company 20-18 despite losing the turnover battle (-1) and being out-gained 387 yards to 245.

The Cardinals, who have won three of the last four in this series and seven of the last 10 in Arizona, are 7-1 against the spread (6-2 straight up) in their last eight games as a home underdog with a spread between 4 and 7.5 points. Nonetheless, Philadelphia has thrived as a road favorite with a spread between 4 and 7.5 points and a total between 41.5 and 44 points, posting a 9-1 straight up mark and an 8-2 against the spread total in its last 10 games in said scenario.

Suffice it to say something will have to give on Sunday.

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Eagles vs Cardinals Odds: Provided by Sportsbook.ag

Philadelphia Eagles -3.5 (-110), Over 43.5 (-110), -200 (Moneyline)

Arizona Cardinals +3.5 (-110), Under 43.5 (-110), +170 (Moneyline)

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