By Peter Gleason

The Eagles were so thoroughly dominated by the Arizona Cardinals Sunday night that many of the Birds were speechless to explain it.

Except defensive end Cedric Thornton (above), who seemed to be watching a different game than the rest of us!

“When I was able to strike a person, I was definitely dominant. But as far as up front? Arizona? I didn’t see nothing special about them,” Thornton said after the 40-17 loss. “They’re definitely 12-2 or whatever, they have a great team, a good correlation up front, but nothing really special. They got a great center, A.Q. Shipley, he used to play here. Great talent. Massie, I guess he’s pretty straight.”

The Birds were gouged for 230 rushing yards on Sunday night, including a 47-yard TD by rookie David Johnson. It was the 10th time this season Arizona has gone over 100 yards rushing in a game, and the fifth time the Cards have topped 120 yards. They are the No. 6 rushing offense in the league. Jared Veldheer and Mike Iupati should both find themselves in the Pro Bowl.