The Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) will face the Arizona Cardinals (7-4) today at 1 PM in a game with huge NFC East, NFC West, and NFC Wild Card implications. Both teams enter on winning streaks, with Arizona having won its last four while the Eagles are on a three-game streak.
Check out today’s inactives and their implications:
QB Matt Barkley, SS Earl Wolff, CB Curtis Marsh, RB Matthew Tucker, LB Emmanuel Acho, OL Matt Tobin, OT Dennis Kelly
No huge surprises here. Wolff has been hurt, and he was doubtful to play this week, so it looks like we’ll see a lot of Nate Allen, Patrick Chung, and Kurt Coleman today.
One interesting thing is how the Eagles are going with only seven offensive linemen (so two backups) in order to activate wide receiver/returner Damaris Johnson. Johnson has been inactive the last couple weeks, even when active, he’s been nearly invisible. This could be the week that Chip Kelly tries to make him a part of the offense/return game again.
QB Ryan Lindley, RB Ryan Williams, RB Andre Ellington, LB Dontay Moch, OG Earl Watford, TE Kory Sperry, DE Ron Talley
The big news here is Ellington, Arizona’s leading rusher and one of the real up-and-coming backs in the NFL. Battling a sore knee all week, some thought the rookie would be able to go, but it appears that he did not heal quickly enough to play today.
With 441 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and 247 yards receiving, Ellington has been a weapon for the Cardinals. He averages six yards per carry, which has taken pressure off of Carson Palmer and the passing game, a big reason why the Cardinals have been winning recently. This could end up being one of the factors that decides this game, because the Cardinals will now have to rely on the services of Rashard Mendenhall.