The Arizona Cardinals have the best rushing defense in the league but the Philadelphia Eagles provide a huge test for them
It has been far from a cake walk for the Arizona Cardinals defense to date so far. They lead the NFL in rushing defense giving up just 435 yards on the ground so far after six games. That is 72.5 yards per game.
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The Philadelphia Eagles, the Cards opponent this Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, have one of the better running backs in the league in LeSean McCoy. He has rushed for 422 yards so far this season in six games. He has a 3.6 yard-per-carry and 70.3 yard-per-game average.
As a team the Eagles rush the ball 27.7 times a game or about four, almost five more than the average number of rushes the Cards defense has faced so far at 23.0 attempts by the opposition. The Eagles have 696 yards rushing so far this season as an offense at 4.2 yards-per-carry. So, something must give this Sunday.
Not only will the Cards have McCoy to deal with but also most likely Darren Sproles. Sproles was injured in their win over the New York Giants a week ago Sunday night in their 27-0 victory. However, having been able to rest over the past week with their bye week just taking place, reports are Sproles will be able to practice this week.
It should be an interesting matchup, one that I’m sure both teams are looking at carefully. The Cards have yet to allow a 100-yard rushing game by an opponent this season.