Westbrook's Take: Cardinals' D will be stiff test

Westbrook's Take: Cardinals' D will be stiff test

November 26, 2013, 11:00 am
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Darnell Dockett has 4 1/2 sacks on the season for an Arizona defense that is tied for most (30) in the NFC. (AP)

This may very well be Nick Foles’ truest test of the season.

When the Eagles welcome the Cardinals to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, Chip Kelly’s streaking offense will run into its toughest defensive matchup since Week 3.

“They’re going to be the best, probably one of the better defenses that this Eagles team has faced since they played Kansas City,” Brian Westbrook said of Arizona on Monday’s edition of Philly Sports Talk on Comcast SportsNet. “They have guys up front that can make plays, make it hard for this Philadelphia Eagles offense to really operate at the speed that they want to operate.”

The Cardinals’ defense ranks first in the NFC in fewest rushing yards allowed per game (81.3), first in forced fumbles (15), tied for first in sacks (30), second in interceptions (15), tied for third in total takeaways (23) and fourth in net yards allowed per game (317.1).

“Patrick Peterson out in the corner probably will face up with DeSean Jackson man-to-man, and probably follow him across the field,” Westbrook said. “They have a defensive line -- Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett -- guys that can get after the quarterback. And they really have two of the better linebackers in the league (Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby).”

Can the Cardinals (7-4), winners of four straight, cool off Foles and the Eagles, winners of three straight?

“Every defense has weaknesses,” Westbrook said. “[Chip Kelly] has had a week and a half, almost two weeks to really start game-planning and seeing what the Cardinals do very well and try to figure how to find that weakness in their defense."