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article imagePhiladelphia Eagles - Arizona Cardinals preview

By Marina Todic     Sep 19, 2012 in Sports
An injury caused Kevin Kolb to lose his starting job to Michael Vick, Sunday he gets to square off against the man who replaced him as the Arizona Cardinals host the Philadelphia Eagles in a matchup of 2-0 teams.
Kolb was Philadelphia's No. 1 quarterback entering the 2010 season only to suffer a concussion in Week 1, and he never got the starting job back. While Vick took over and went on to win Comeback Player of the Year, Kolb was traded to Arizona that summer for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick and eventually ended up signing a five-year deal worth $63 million.
Kolb will try to lift the Cardinals to their best start since opening 7-0 in 1974 when the franchise was still in St. Louis.
Both teams are 2-0 for the first time since the seasons in which they last reached the Super Bowl. Arizona in 2008 and Philadelphia in 2004 as part of a 7-0 start.
The Eagles are the first team in NFL history to begin with a pair of one-point wins despite committing nine turnovers, which is three more than any other team. Vick has seven, including a league-high six interceptions, but he's thrown for more than 300 yards in both games and ran for the go-ahead TD with 1:55 left in last Sunday's 24-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
While the Eagles being unbeaten may be surprising due to all the turnovers, it was surely a lot more unexpected from the Cardinals considering they had to visit defending AFC champion New England Patriots in Week 2. Kolb led them to a shocking 20-18 victory in his first start since Dec. 11.
One week earlier, Kolb came off the bench for an injured Skelton to hit Andre Roberts for the go-ahead touchdown with 4:59 to play in a 20-16 win over Seattle.
In the teams meeting last year, Nov. 13 in Philadelphia, Skelton was the starting QB as he took over for the injured Kolb and ended up threwing 3 touchdowns to give the Cardinals a 21-17 win. Vick rushed for 79 yards but was held to just 128 yards through the air with no TDs and two interceptions, the last coming with 33 seconds remaining.
Larry Fitzgerald had 146 receiving yards and two TDs that day, but the six-time Pro Bowler had one catch last Sunday and his 67 yards for the year is his lowest two-game total since the 2009 season.
The Eagles secondary, led by former Pro Bowl cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie, have yet to allow a wide receiver to catch more than three passes.
The Arizona defense has played very well, allowing only two touchdowns and 3.4 yards per carry. Linebacker Daryl Washington ranks in the top with 21 solo tackles, and Calais Campbell is the reigning NFC defensive player of the week after totaling 10 tackles and two sacks against New England.
The Cardinals have seven sacks and are facing an Eagles offensive line that lost starting center Jason Kelce (MCL, ACL) for the rest of the season.
Arizona has won nine of 11 dating to last season but enters Sunday with the league's lowest-ranked offense at 251.5 yards per game. Kolb has thrown for only 206 yards but has no interceptions.
This is the Eagles' first visit to Arizona since a 32-25 loss in the NFC championship game in 2009 as Fitzgerald had 152 yards with three TDs.
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