Something Something Kevin Kolb, Something Something Eagles

Something Something Kevin Kolb, Something Something Eagles

Irony is hard at work today touting Sunday's Eagles-Cardinals tilt as Kevin Kolb versus the world, or versus the team that dumped him anyway.

Ironic because it would've been Kevin Kolb versus the Eagles last season, except he was hurt and couldn't play. Ironic because at best this is Joe the Quarterback versus the Eagles, and at worst, it's John Skelton's backup versus the Eagles.

I have trouble making this encounter about Kolb, most of all because if the Cardinals do win the game, chances are play under center will rate as the fourth or fifth key to victory somewhere behind defense, special teams, and Larry Fitzgerald. At this point, in particular while operating behind Arizona's paper-mache offensive line, all Kolb can be is a game manager.

In their stunning upset at New England last week, Kolb was 15-of-27 for 140 yards passing and a TD -- hardly the impact performance that tipped the scales. And while his quarterback rating is a lofty 95.7 in 2012, his 5.9 yards per attempt is 30th in the NFL. Cleveland's Brandon Weeden is 29th.

Kolb hasn't been making mistakes though, throwing zero interceptions and getting sacked once since replacing the injured Skelton. He's even been clutch, leading the offense 68 yards and tossing the game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to overtake Seattle in Week 1, then running a gutsy QB draw for six against the Patriots which also proved to be the decisive score there.

And now the Cardinals are 2-0.

The true turning point in both outcomes played out elsewhere however. Arizona's defense held the Seahawks to 3.6 yards per snap and 17 field position-aided points to leave their offense with an opportunity to rally, and Kolb isn't sneaking into the Patriots' end zone if a blocked punt doesn't put him on the goal line.

I don't hold nearly the low opinion of Kolb many folks around Philadelphia seem to have. He's performed well with the tools he is provided -- an offense with no running game, one real playmaker in the passing attack, and roughly half of a second to scan the field before a defensive lineman is breathing down his neck. In a safer work environment, he could probably be successful.

On the Cardinals, he's just a guy whom the front office nearly decided to cut back in March. That doesn't mean if he gets a chance, Kolb can't make the Eagles pay on Sunday. It just means when he does, the story most likely will not be all about him.

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.