The new-look Philadelphia Eagles snapped their four-game losing skid last week and head into Sunday’s matchup with a 4-8-1 record and remain alive in the NFC East. They will match up with the Arizona Cardinals, who stand at 7-6 and also snapped a losing streak of three games last week.
Philadelphia let Jalen Hurts take over the starting quarterback position over Carson Wentz on Sunday, and the Eagles responded with an impressive 24-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Philadelphia appeared to have more life to it, and the offense went for 413 total yards with just one turnover, which occurred late in the game.
The Cardinals got back in the win column with a 26-7 road win over the New York Giants on Sunday. Kyler Murray connected with DeAndre Hopkins on many occasions, and the Giants struggled to stop the two of them. Arizona ran 79 plays in this game, compared to New York snapping the ball just 49 times. The Cardinals won the turnover battle 3-0 in the victory.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 20
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
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Fantasy football start/sit advice
Jalen Hurts, QB, $5,900
Jalen Hurts will be making his second consecutive start late in his rookie year on Sunday. While he wasn’t all that impressive throwing the ball, Hurts did plenty of damage in the running game. He threw for just 167 yards on 30 attempts with a touchdown, and he ran for 106 yards on 18 carries with a fumble late in the game. Arizona allows the 11th fewest passing yards per game in the NFL, so finding success through the air could be difficult.
Dallas Goedert, TE, $3,900
Tight end Dallas Goedert did not see a significant increase or decrease in targets with the quarterback change. He caught four of six targets, which is roughly the number of looks he was getting with Wentz at quarterback. Goedert went for 43 yards in that game, so it’s promising to see his production probably won’t drop off with Hurts throwing the ball.
Kenyan Drake, RB, $5,500
In his last time out, Kenyan Drake carried the ball 23 times for 80 yards with a touchdown. He caught his lone target for 10 yards as well. He fumbled twice in three plays, which is an easy way to take an extended seat on the bench. Drake gets a decent volume of carries to be worthy of a play, especially against this Eagles run defense.
Cardinals, D/ST, $2,900
It’s likely the Eagles will keep the ball on the ground quite often whether it’s Hurts running the ball or getting running back Miles Sanders his touches. With this being the case, the clock will be ticking away faster than usual, limiting possessions and limiting the number of opportunities Philadelphia has to score. In addition, young quarterbacks are more prone to turning the ball over.