TALE OF THE TAPE

Week 3: Philadelphia Eagles At Arizona Cardinals

Eagles
Cardinals
Philadelphia Eagles v Dallas Cowboys
Oakland Raiders v Arizona Cardinals
Quarterback
Winner Michael Vick has not been shy at the start of the season. The Eagles are 2-0 with a pair of one-point victories over the Browns and Ravens. Beating Baltimore showed the Eagles great heart. Vick threw for 371 yards and a touchdown. He also threw two picks, and has six for the young season.
The Cardinals earned full marks for having the moxie to travel to Foxboro and come up with a victory in what may be the toughest place for any visitor to play. Kevin Kolb is a much-maligned quarterback but he has led the Cardinals to wins in their first two games and he is playing for respect.
Offense
Winner The Eagles have a slew of great offensive weapons on their side. The best may be running back LeSean McCoy who can run inside, outside and catch passes. The Eagles wideouts can go downfield and get it while tight end Brent Celek is dependable and athletic.
The Cardinals have perhaps the No. 2 wide receiver in the NFL. Larry Fitzgerald is fast, explosive, runs great routes and is dependable. Beanie Wells is not a star but he is a dependable running back. Todd Heap is the Cardinals’ go-to guy on third-and short.
Defense
The Eagles struggled to contain the Baltimore offense, but they did keep battling for 60 minutes. Free safety Nate Allen is an instinctive player and a good tackler. Linebacker DeMeco Ryans is the heart and soul of the Philadelphia defense.
Winner Defensive end Calais Campbell may be the most underrated player in football. He is a superstar who registered two sacks of Tom Brady and he must be accounted for on every play. Linebacker Darryl Washington is a tackling machine (13 stops vs. New England).
Special Teams
The Eagles are ordinary at special teams play. Alex Henery is decent but should the Eagles really have let David Akers go a couple of years ago? Chas Henry was quite ordinary against the Ravens, averaging 39.2 yards per punt.
Winner The Cardinals were beneficiaries of a gaffe by New England placekicker Stephen Gostkowski. Could Campbell’s reputation as a kick blocker have led to the shank? Patrick Peterson and LaRod Stephens-Howling are always threats to break big returns.

We'll Just Call it a Tie

Philadelphia Eagles v Dallas Cowboys Oakland Raiders v Arizona Cardinals

The Eagles have not been anywhere near their best through the first two weeks of the season, but they are still 2-0. They have to watch their tendency to turn the ball over or the Cardinals will jump on them. The win at New England was a huge confidence booster for Ken Whisenhunt’s team.

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: (FILES)This undated file photo shows US baseball star Jackie Robinson as he signs a then-record contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers in New York. Robinson has been chosen to receive posthumously the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award Congress can bestow on a US civilian, 02 March 2005, for his accomplishments on the baseball diamond, as well as "his lifetime of breaking down barriers and his unending fight for justice," officials on Capitol Hill said in an earlier press release. US Senator John Kerry and US Representative Richard Neal, who co-sponsored legislation honoring Robinson, will be joined by the ballplayer's widow Rachel Robinson, US President George W. Bush and congressional leaders at the ceremony. Robinson broke baseball's "color line", becoming the first African American to play in the Major Leagues when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Officials in Congress said however that he is also being honored for his contributions to the broader struggle for civil rights. (Photo Credit: Mike Powell/Getty Images)
    Best Two-Sport Athletes Of All Time

    With Tim Tebow getting a baseball deal, Starkey and Mueller drafted the best two-sport athletes of all time.

  2. OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons signals to his team during their NFL game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints hands off to Mark Ingram #22 during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
    Week 3 Tale Of The Tape: Atlanta Falcons At New Orleans Saints

    The NFC South rivals meet in the Big Easy with Brees and company looking for their first win.

  3. CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Danny Trevathan #59 and Akiem Hicks #96 of the Chicago Bears
stop Ryan Mathews #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles
at Soldier Field on September 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Eagels defeated the Bears 29-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with teammates center Travis Frederick #72 and offensive guard La\'el Collins #71 after scoring a third quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 18, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
    Week 3 Tale Of The Tape: Chicago Bears At Dallas Cowboys

    The Cowboys rookies have looked good the first two weeks, now they get the winless and injury plagued Bears at home.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Pittsburgh

Bringing You The Best in Sports Talk Radio
New Podcast Network
Learn How

Listen Live