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Eagles on challenges of Cardinals' defense
Nick Foles was named the Eagles' full-time starter earlier in the week. (AP)
Here are some bullet points before the Eagles host Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field (see defensive scouting report):
• It's finally Nick Foles' offense for the remainder of the season. But his play from here on out is about more than just wins and losses. Foles has to convince the Eagles' front office that he is the right man for the job long-term, so getting another quarterback in next year's draft is not their top priority -- even though we all assume Michael Vick's days with the Birds are numbered and they will draft a QB anyway.
• Knowing that this is more than likely his last run with the Eagles, Vick handled Chip Kelly's decision to go with Foles with class and dignity (see story).
• This showdown between Arizona and the Eagles is all about matchups -- the Cards' defensive front against the Birds' offensive line, rushing leader LeSean McCoy against the second-ranked run defense in the league, DeSean Jackson vs. Patrick Peterson (see offensive scouting report) -- arguably the best cornerback in the league right now -- and Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher vs. Michael Floyd and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald.
• Jackson is 15 yards away from a 1,000-yard season, and with five games left, he is on course to shatter career bests that he established in 2009 -- 62 catches (he also had 62 catches in his rookie year in 2008), 1,156 yards and nine TD catches.
• There must be something to Kelly's scientific approach to keeping players healthy. The Eagles are one of the least injured teams in the league with safety Earl Wolff being the only player of significance out for Sunday.